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BOWIE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Boston, Texas

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Bowie County has had four courthouses:
1985 - in New Boston
1891 - Boston (Burned 8-12-1989) Third / Present County Seat
1887 - Texarkana (Burned 1-21-1889) Second County Seat
1841 - Old Boston First county seat
New Boston TX Bowie County Courthouse
The 1985 Bowie County courthouse in New Boston.
Photo courtey Terry Jeanson, December 2006

The Present Bowie County Courthouse in New Boston, Texas

County Seat - Boston
Date - 1985
Architect - Thomas and Embeton Associates, Texarkana.
Style - Modern
Material - Concrete and brick

Location - US 30 at the SH 8 intersection

The 1891 Bowie County Courthouse - Boston, Texas

The 1891 courthouse was vacated after construction of the new courthouse and was burned by an arsonist in 1989.
Boston Texas, Old Bowie County Courthouse, burned by arson
The 1891 Bowie County Courthouse
1939 photo courtesy TXDoT
Boston Texas courthouse square
The Courthouse Square in Boston
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2006
The old courthouse square in Boston, where the 1891 courthouse used to stand, has been turned into a park. Notice the old jail on the right. The raised walls to the right of the garzebo mark the foundation of the burned courthouse.

Old Bowie County Jail - Boston, Texas
The 1891 Bowie County jail was used until 1984. It still stands on the southeast corner of the old courthouse square in Boston.
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Bowie County Old Jail in Boston
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2006

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