Lake Brownwood Trip – Finally Posted!!!

DSC00602It’s been over 3 weeks since returning on our Lake Brownwood trip – and I’m just now getting all of the pages updated.  I’m continuing a trend of adding links to Light Room slidehows.  I believe they’re easier to see and operate – but harder to link.  Anyhow – right now I’ve added the following County Courthouses:  Callahan, Coleman, Brown, Eastland, Mills, Stephens, Shackelford, Palo Pinto and Commanche.  In addition, we revisited Hamilton County Courthouse – as it has been renovated since we first visited there some years ago.  All in all a good cross-section of Texas Courthouse architecture.  Shackelford is a stellar example of the 1880’s and has been faithfully restored.  Eastland and Commanche are really good period pieces dating from the 1920’s and 30’s.  I enjoyed Mills county from the early 1900’s and Stephens County Courthouse was a really terrific Classical Revival work.  The Stephens Courthouse has a great story in the twin courtrooms.  Palo Pinto Courthouse overshadows a tiny little town of the same name.  Callahan was nothing too special – and the Coleman Courthouse was the epitomy of 1950’s exuberance – when they totally encased a more historical and more interesting courthouse in what can truthfully be called ‘ugly’.  But even that courthouse had some redeeming qualities – namely it was very photogenic against the blue Texas sky.

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Winter Wonderland in Texas!!!!


We recently took a roadtrip to Lake Brownwood State Park.  Our goal was to capture more courthouses in photo and get them posted here.  We actually did that and they will soon be posted here.  However, while on the trip, the weather went south (or was it the north weather came south?)  Anyhow, it got cold – and on our last day here – it never got out of the 20’s.  But it didn’t snow or ice or anything like that.  On our drive home the next we began to see ice on trees and grasses.  Once we got between Mason and Fredricksburg – it got downright beautiful – everything covered with an inch or two of ice/frost.  Thankfully – everything but the roads!

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Robertson County Restored

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Nice courthouse located in Central Texas.  It has quite a checkered history as far as being architectally significant.  If you compare photos from our original visit to these recent photos and you’ll easily note the difference.  For some strange reason – they had completely altered the style of the building to a rather odd ‘Mission’ style.  I think you’ll agree – this renovation is much more appropriate.

Also added were photos of the retired Robertson County Jail.

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Lee County in Legos

16322826965_08812e8b1a_kGreat album site!  Photos from travels around the world – and some county courthouses.  Steven Wagner recreated the Lee County Courthouse in Legos – and it’s pretty true to the real thing.  Lee County was restored not too long ago and represents a high point of Romanesque architecture in 1800’s Texas.  The red brick helps make it stand out among it’s peers.  Visit Steven’s albums here.

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LaSalle County Courthouse Renovated



What a great example of art deco.  The LaSalle County Courthouse, located in Cotulla, Texas, had been renovated within the last few years.  The renovation has added shine and interest to this South Texas jewel.  see the photos of LaSalle Revisited

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Retreat @ Emilie’s Quilt Haus

IMG_20141008_154955I recently had a chance to take a quilting retreat in the Texas Hill Country.  It was restful, fun and beautiful!  Take a look at our getaway we took at Emilie’s Quilt Haus in October of 2014.

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Three East Texas Counties Added

We drove out of our way, a little, on our way to Shreveport. I had hopes we could get to all 6 counties we were missing in the area, but wound up getting just 3. All 3 were interesting in their own way. Newton and Jasper Courthouses are older, and both have been restored. Hardin Courthouse is a very typical ’50’s look, but they’ve done what they can do bring the past back. I’ve also included photos of a historic jail in Jasper, as well as town square from Jasper. On theway back, on this trip, we stopped in Crockett. Clem had not previously photographed the Houston County Courthouse so this was his chance. I took pictures of the Crockett Town Square and have added those photos.

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mid-July update

The whole basketball world is waiting to see what LeBron James decides this time (while San Antonio continues to bask in the glory of team basketball), there have been some updates to the website and some new counties soon to be added.  Well, I don’t know about soon, but they are coming!

Anywhow, the 9 Central County Courthouses have now been updated (Bell, Hill, Erath, Ellis, McLennan, Coryell, Bosque, Navarro and Hood).  Quite an interesting collection, indeed.  In addition, there were the town square pictures taken in Stephenville, Meridian, Granbury, Waxahachie,  and Hillsboro.  I’ve also included historic jails from Bell, Coryell, Hill, and Hood.

As to the counties I hope to add soon – there’s a little disappointment to report on that.  I had hopes that we could somehow do the 6 deep East Texas counties we’ve missed so far on a trip to Shreveport recently (Margaritaville).  Well, it just didn’t work out.  We did get to photograph Hardin, Newton and Jaspar Counties.  We had a great chat with the former Sheriff of Hardin County – Mr. Paine had once been the youngest sheriff in Texas.  And the Newton and Jaspar County courthouses were both old and well taken care of.  We hope to make a trip someday  to capture the other 3 counties, and revisit Nacogdoches, Angelina and Rusk counties – since Clem never had a chance to photograph that group.  Be on the lookout for the new 3 courthouses to added soon.

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Central Texas


What a great little trip this was.  We got to take the travel trailer (it’s been quite awhile), Sophie got to go (she hates getting left behind), and we visited 9 really outstanding courthouses.  You really could do a lot worse than this set of courthouses if you wanted to see the best.  Really a stunning and magnificently restored group of Texas County Courthouses.

First day was Bosque, Hood and Erath counties.  Bosque was the surprise in that all the photos I had seen showed it as a remodeled monstrosity.  Well it has been restored and returned to its’ glory.

Second Day, after waiting for the rain to subside,  was Hill, Ennis and Navarro counties.  The first 2 are gems sitting in well-visited towns.  The third is an intriguing Beaux Arts style, but badly needing restoration.  It looked like that may be happening now, but I saw no signs to that effect.

The third day, again after a little rain delay, included Coryell, Bell and McLennan counties.  All 3 were spectacular from outside.  Inside – Coryell is in desperate need of restoration, and probably additional space.  Bell’s been completely restored, and McLennan had some restoration in the 1980’s.

Visit these pages and revel in the glory that is Texas Courthouses.  This page is being posted first.  The county pages and photos will be added over the next few days.

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Trip to Spain

DSCN0203Well, I finally am posting something.  Nothing to do with Texas County Courthouses – but life has been far too busy to be hitting the Texas highways over the past year.  I have HIGH hopes that will change this summer.  In the meantime, I am starting to post photo albums from my recent Transatlantic cruise to Spain.  The first page I’ve readied is from the Azores.  Fabulous stop  – one of those “I got to come back” places.  to see the albums and photos go to Ponta Delgada, the Azores.

eagI’ve also now posted the photo albums from Cadiz.  Great city – and I’d never heard of it.  The oldest inhabited city in all of SE Europe!  To see the albums – check out my Cadiz page.

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