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THE 1883 STEPHENS COUNTY COURTHOUSE

County Seat - Breckenridge, Texas
Stephens County

The 1883 Courthouse Arch

On US 180
Looking like a Mayan ruin, the main entrance to the 1883 courthouse is displayed on the lawn of the 1926 (current) courthouse.
Brenkenridge Texas - The 1883 Stephens County Courthouse doorway,
The 1883 courthouse entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2005
Historical Marker Text

Stephens County Courthouse

This ornate doorway was main entrance of the three-story red sandstone courthouse built here in 1883. Carved into these columns are the names of architect J.E. Flanders, County Judge E.L. Walker, and three of four commissioners. The fourth was omitted because he objected to the cost of the construction. A large cistern at the rear of the building provided water for the town. When the oil boom of the 1920s attracted more people to this area, and the old structure was replaced by a larger courthouse in 1926, this portal was left as a reminder of the county's pioneer heritage.
1883 Stephens County courthouse historical marker
Historical Marker for 1883 courthouse entrance.

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2005
The 1883 Stephens County Courthouse entrance architectural detail, Brenkenridge Texas
The 1883 courthouse doorway detail

TE photo, 2-2004
The 1883 Stephens County Courthouse cornerstone, Brenkenridge Texas
Carving on the 1883 courthouse column showing architect's name J.E. Flanders
Dallas Texas


TE photo, 2-2004
Breckenridge mural showing the 1883 Stephens County courthouse
TE photo, February 2004
Stephens County Courthouse, Brenkenridge Texas
The Present Stephens County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2007

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