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Calhoun County Courthouse, Texas

County Seat – Port Lavaca

Built – 1959

Style – modern

Architect – Rusty & Martin

photos taken – May 26, 2011

Port Lavaca wasn’t that nice of a town.  The downtown area is a bit seedy, though there are some historical buildings there.  No great old neighborhoods, etc. – at least from what we saw.  It is, however, a bustling town.  Oil & gas causes a lot of activity – and it is an active shrimping and deep sea fishing port.  The high school here is the Calhoun County High School – nicknamed the Sandcrabs.  They once had a tremendous loosing streak in football, but that was quite awhile ago, and they’ve been winning quite a few in more recent times.

The courthouse is very modern.  We did speak to someone who worked in the courthouse, and he told us this building was built to replace an earlier courthouse, whose foundation was sinking so much that many doors failed to open/close and at times, windows had to be used to get in and out.  He also told us, though this is a modern building – it was recently remodeled due to mold.  In doing the remodeling, they gave the interior a good feel.  It has barrel ceilings and a couple of very old telephone booths.  Outside – not much really – but it does have a grand glass entrance with some colored-glass highlights.  (taken from my blog titled Day 3 Victoria).


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