The Big Update

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Let me first apologize if any of my pages ‘leak’ out into Facebook – like I think one did yesterday or the day before.  It’s not my intention to flood Facebook with my website page by page.

Anyhow – here it is – the BIG UPDATE.  That is – any counties that we’ve photographed that have not been posted are being posted now.  There are some true gems in this group   – including Victoria, Wharton and Tarrant.  For the lover of the moderne/art deco style there’s Travis, Washington and Van Zandt.  And then there’s some real duds – including Tyler and Zavala. There’s a lot of extras as well – so if you’ve got anytime, stop in and hit on some of the new pages being added.

Courthouses – Jim Hogg, Tarrant, Webb, Washington, Van Zandt, Trinity, Uvalde, Tyler, Travis, Zapata, Wilson, Webb, Waller, Walker, Victoria, Zavala and Val Verde.  There were also some revisits to – McMullen, Dimmit, Medina,

Historic Jails – Dimmit, Jim Hogg, Trinity, Val Verde, Medina, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wilson.

Town Squares – Uvalde, Victoria, Del Rio, Floresville,  and Wharton

Other – St. Mary’s & Nazareth Academy (Victoria), Our Lady of Guadalupe & Scottus College (Hebbronville), I-35 Highway Visitor’s center (Laredo), the Victoria Art Car ShowCrystal City Hall, Hotel Viggo (Hebbronville).

Got to visit mother and take of other business – plus, with all the Spurs games in March – it will probably be a month or two before we can start adding to the collectino.  Until then….Enjoy!

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The Updates Continue…

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I’ve added a few more updates to my website – so hope you’ll stop in and enjoy.  First, I created a page for Sacred Heart Church in Palestine.  Very historic church with a beautiful interior.

Second – I’ve set up a page to provide information on the architectual styles and the some of the more prominent architects in Texas County Courthouse design.  Click here to jump to that page.  The information provided here comes from other sites and sources.

Third – I wanted to emphasize the Texas Map page that I’ve now provided.  This is a new means to get to the individual county pages.  Just go to the Texas Map page, the map will pop up and you can see what counties have been uploaded by me.  All you have to do to go to one of those county pages is click on the county in blue.  If it’s not in blue, I’ve not uploaded it yet (pink) or we’ve not visited it yet (white).  I know the map is big – but you can use your mouse to move the map around.

Fourth – We revisited Harrison County Courthouse in Marshall.  Well worth the visit to the Harrison County Courthouse Revisited page, as we were able to get into the stunning interior this time.

Finally – I have some new counties to upload – and hopefully they’ll be following soon.  Happy New Year!!

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to all – from TomsTexasCountyCourthouses – and Tom & Clem.  We did it – we got all of the East Texas Counties (north of I-20). We spent the week at Ramblin’ Fever RV park in Mt. Pleasant and did our travels from there. It was very doable – as many of the counties are small – but still, doing 18 counties in less than a week is a lot!

Visit Christmas Across Texas – Courthouse Style for some photos feature courthouses @ Christmas.

First – website updates! I have finally got a map that works and have posted it (Texas Map). This was a LONG time in coming and probably a little more difficult than I had hoped. So accept it for what it is. Second – I am in the process of downsizing all of the slideshows. I don’t know what ever possessed me to load such large files. I hope when this process is done, visiting the pages and seeing the slide shows will be a little faster in the future.

East Texas – we visited 17 new counties and revisited Harrison County. Of the 17 new counties – the ones that truly stood out included Hopkins County, Franklin, Red River and Lamar Counties. On the other end – Morris County was a true dud – right up there with Aransas. The other counties included: Bowie, Camp, Marion, Fannin, Wood, Titus, Rains, Upshur, Hunt, Delta, Cass and Gregg Counties.  We photographed Witness Tower & First Methodist Church in Pittsburg, as well as the stunning First Methodist Church of Paris. The historic jails included: Red River, Bowie and Franklin. East Texas is packed with small historic towns – so I’ve included photos from: Pittsburg, Paris, Jefferson, Mt. Vernon, Mt. Pleasant, Gilmer, Bonham, Greenville and Clarksville.

East Texas is a land of trees and lakes. It has a beauty that much of the rest of Texas lacks (water helps). It is historic and commerce. Lots of logging and chicken farming (think – Pilgrim Chickens). There are huge plants hidden in the trees as well – such as the steel plant in Lone Star. And honestly, if you want to visit Texas history from a U.S. migration perspective, you can’t do better than Jefferson, Texas.  And for – what to me is one of the absolute top 10 courthouses in Texas – visiting the Harrison County Courthouse in Marshall (another old Southern Texas historical town) is not to be missed.  Our revisit was made as on our the first visit, some years back, the interior was closed – being restored.  Going back to see this beauty inside as well as out was well worth the time.

Enjoy – I will soon be posting another update – perhaps as soon as this weekend. Happy Holidays!

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Big Trip Planned

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It’s been awhile – but I have added some new counties – Brazos, Burleson and Madison.  I’ve also posted some photos of Madisonville.  They were photographed on a recent trip to Houston.  To be honest – not too exciting.  The Burleson Courthouse did have some interesting detail inside – but the other two were fairly devoid of anything that would call out to you to visit.

Big News – I’ve added an interactive map showing the counties that have been photographed,  the ones that have been posted and the ones that will soon be visitied.  Go to Texas Map to see the results..  This has been a long time in coming and many hours of frustration.  And while it’s not the prettiest of maps – it is functional.  But only if you use Internet Explorer.  For some reason – it’s not working with Firefox Mozilla.  Someday I’ll try to figure out why.

And as mentioned in the post title – we’ll soon be taking a big trip to East Texas.  I’m excited about this trip because there are so many counties in a fairly close area (unlike West Texas or the Panhandle).  We should be able to work in up to 17 county courthouses – weather permitting.  Check back soon as I hope to be blogging on the road.

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The March to 254 Continues

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To my legion of fans – I send apologies.  I’m sure you’ve been thinking I’ve forgotten my Texas Courthouse website, but that’s not the case.  It’s just been a long period of illnesses, death, loss of dog, various trips, work and general mayhem  Mostly, we’ve not been traveling as we planned, so there’s not much to share.  Having said that – there are still courthouses we’ve already visited that have not been posted yet.  So today – I present to you the following counties:  San Saba, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Smith, Somervell, Sterling, Schleicher and Sutton.  Visit one or all of these newly added courthouses.  Let me know what you think, and where you think we should be visiting next.  I know there’s a few little ‘holes’ in the eastern part of the state we might try to fill up this fall.

I’ve also added the towns of Sonora, San Saba, Glen Rose, Eldorado and Coldsprings and retired county jails from San Jacinto, Sutton, Sterling and Schleicher counties.  There was also a replica of the original San Patricio county courthouse and pictures from the famous Regency Bridge (ever watch The Texas Country Reporter on Sunday mornings)

Know it’s been awhile, but come on in and visit a little.

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Here’s another Seven Counties

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Between trying to work, health issues, holidays and a visit to Mother, I’ve just not kept up.  In addition, we really haven’t done any county road trips lately.  Hopefully, that will change soon.  We’re trying to get into the Trails and Rails program with the National Parks, so we’ll see how that slows down the county courthouse march.

Regardless, I still have more counties to post, and I’ve just completed the addition of seven more counties – Rusk, Rockwall, Robertson, Refugio, Real, Orange and Polk Counties.  No real standouts here.  The Robertson Courthouse is a work by one of the Ruffini brothers, but has been severely altered.  There are 3 moderne-style courthouses (Rockwall, Rusk and Orange) that are good examples of that architecture.  Enjoy and check back from time to time.  I will continue to add counties I have photos on and we will be hitting the road – soon or later.

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Seven new Counties added

I finally got around to reducing the number, enhancing and uploading the photos we took on our recent courthouse journeys.  The counties include include: Bee, Harris, Chambers, Liberty, Brazoria, Galveston, and Ft. Bend.  Drop in on any of these new pages if those counties interest you or you’re just curious. Read more »

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New Courthouses to Addition

Sorry. Did’nt exactly blog while on the courthouse trail, but we are on the road home. No, I’m not driving (that’s Clem). We’re headed home. It was kind of a cool, dank and dreary trip. But there were enough weather breaks to let us get 6 additional courthouses. They are Harris, Brazoria, Galveston Chambers Liberty and Ft. BEND.

There were some highlights and lowlights, but that can wait until I post the pictures later this week.,,
Until, hope you’re enjoying the season..

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On the Road Again

Houston area this time.  We bit off the big one yesterday – Harris County.  Driving to downtown Houston wasn’t really on our radar screen as something fun and looking forward to.  But, we did need to get the courthouse.  It was kind of a cool and dreary day – but you can’t always choose your weather.  And we’ll take this over the 105 we had all summer.

In the end, it really was kind of easy to get to.  It was at the north end of downtown, so we didn’t have far to drive and there was plenty of street parking.  The set up for Harris County is kind of neat.  All of the buildings are set up around a nice looking plaza/square.  I got pictures of all the public buildings, since I’m not sure which one would be exactly called the courthouse.  Probably a white birthday cake looking building, but it doesn’t matter.  We were really after the 1910 courthouse that now serves as the First and Fourth Court of Appeals for the State of Texas.  The building has been restored and is one of the beaux art gems that I’m quickly making my favorite style.

The building has wonderful emblems and symbols around the building – with some eagles on the dome and in some of the pediments, along with some faces.  Very nice.  Inside it has the almost mandatory beaux arts rotunda with exquisite stained glass dome.  You have to see the pictures to try to get a feel for its glory.  The courthouse has two restored courtrooms, which aren’t dazzling, but give a period aire of grace and style.

I’ll be back sometime soon with other news of additions.  As always, the pictures will be added once we return home.

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DFW area Counties Added

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This trip went well.  I blogged the two days we did courthouse visits.  And now, after working on them all week, I’ve added the various photo galleries we collected on the trip.  I have to warn you  – we took tons of pictures and it was real difficult to reduce the number of photos for uploading.  So the slideshow for Denton and Cooke counties are probably a little larger than I would have hoped for – but enjoy.

All 6 courthouses were beauties (Denton, Grayson, Cooke, Wise, Parker and Colin). We took photos in each of the town squares (Denton, Sherman, Gainesville, Decatur, Weatherford and McKinney).  And finally, we photographed 2 historic county jails (Colin and Cooke counties).  So take some time  and visit these North Texas stand outs with us.

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