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Sleeping in the Courthouse

Hopkins County Courthouse, Sulphur Springs

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Hopkins County courthouse square, Sulphur Springs, Texas
A 1906 view of Hopkins County Courthouse and the Square.
Postcard courtesy James Perkins
I may have had an experience with the Hopkins County Courthouse that few others have ever had.

As a young highway patrolman in Oct. 1962, I was transferred to begin work at Sulphur Springs. I had gone there a few weeks earlier in search of a place to live. Housing was in very short supply there at that time. After laborious searching, I found a nice old house out on College St., east of downtown. The problem was, it would only be available a week after I really needed it. I really wanted and needed it badly, so I was willing to wait a week. The problem was I started to work there on Oct. 1st, but had no place for my family and I to live for a week. So, certain county officials and my work friends suggested that I could sleep in the Hopkins County Courthouse for a few nights. Luckily they thought of that, since I was temporarily "homeless". They gave me the courthouse door keys and my work friend loaned me a sleeping bag and a pillow. We found a big, long, solid hardwood table up in the Jury Room on the third floor. It was there I slept on that table in the Jury Room for the next seven nights while working and eating elsewhere. Later on I moved into the house.

A tremendous THANK YOU to you, Ms. Herda and Mr. Sam Fenstermacher for a most wonderful and detailed report and pictures Sulphur Springs and that old courthouse. I remember that place so well.
- N. Ray Maxie (now retired), January 11, 2005
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