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Kinney County Courthouse

County Seat – Bracketville

Built – 1910

Architect – L L Thurman

Style – Beaux-Arts

Photos taken – September 1, 2006

see Kinney County Courthouse – retired

see Bracketville

Impressions/storyline – We stayed in Bracketville at Fort Clark Springs, which has a trailer park.  Fort Clark is an old army supply point and is interesting to visit as well as to stay.  It includes springs which you can swim in, but be prepared – the water is COLD.  The water was as cold as the temperature was HOT (probably around 100 each day).  We saw a lot of wild turkey around the trailer.  And Bracketville is an interesting little town – with some fairly old buildings.  Not too far out of town is the movie set for Alamo, the John Wayne movie.  This is the largest movie set built outside of Hollywood.  It has a full replica of the Alamo, a western town and a Mexican village.  Make sure this little jewel is still open – and if it is, make it part of you trip to this quaint western town.

The courthouse is unique in style (beaux-arts) and in building material.  Most other beaux arts buildings don’t have the coloring – with the red tower and the yellow brick.  The clock is a Seth Thomas, and the red brick comes from D’hannis.  All in all, a good period piece.  We did not get into the interior as this was Labor Day weekend, and it was closed.

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