TexasEscapes.com 
HOME : : NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : TEXAS HOTELS : : FEATURES : : COLUMNS : : BUILDINGS : : IMAGES : : ARCHIVE : : SITE MAP
PEOPLE : : PLACES : : THINGS : : HOTELS : : VACATION PACKAGES
Texas Escapes
Online Magazine
Texas Towns by Region
  • Texas Hill Country
  • Central Texas North
  • Central Texas South
  • South Texas
  • East Texas
  • West Texas
  • Texas Panhandle
  • Texas Gulf Coast
    Texas Towns A - Z
    Over 2800 Towns

    Texas Ghost Towns
    Over 700 Ghost Towns

    Book Hotels
  • Columbus Hotels
    Find Hotel Deals in
    Columbus, Texas
    Book Here
    Texas | Buildings | Courthouses

    COLORADO COUNTY COURTHOUSE
    County Seat - Columbus, Texas

    Colorado County has had four courthouses:
    1836, 1847, 1855 and 1891

    Book Hotel Here > Columbus Hotels

    TX - Colorado County Courthouse south side
    Colorado County Courthouse
    Texas Historic Landmark

    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2012

    The Present Colorado County Courthouse -
    Columbus, Texas

    Date - 1891
    Architect - Eugene Heiner
    Style - Renaissance Revival
    See Historical Marker

    The Colorado County Courthouse is a Eugene Heiner design from 1891. There have been a total of four courthouses, the first being built in 1836.
    One courthouse was to be of pine harvested in Bastrop and floated down the Colorado, but high water sent the wood floating right past Columbus (and not a few surprised carpenters).

    Historical Marker Text:
    Colorado County Courthouse

    This classic revival building--erected in 1890-1891 in form of a Greek cross--is now one of 28 oldest existing courthouses in Texas' 254 counties.

    Contractors Martin, Byrne & Johnson built the structure of brick and Belton stone. Local Masonic Lodge laid cornerstone.

    In 1909 a tornado severely damaged building. Large bell in cupola-clock tower fell 120 feet and was completely buried in the earth. $15-a-month job of clock-winder was subsequently canceled. During repairs, present copper dome was added. In 1939 entire building was remodeled.

    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1969
    Columbus Texas Colorado County Courthouse Texas 1939  vintage photo
    Colorado County Courthouse in 1939 showing dome
    Photo Courtesy TXDoT
    Colorado County Courthouse with the clock tower
    Photo Courtesy TXDoT
    X - Colorado County Courthouse
    "Southeast corner of the Colorado County courthouse. The exterior restoration was completed in 2011 which included the restoration of the colors on the trim and the brick, cleaning up of the copper dome and removal of the south side additions. A courthouse restoration grant awarded to the county in January 2012 will go to more restoration work on the interior."
    - Terry Jeanson, January 2012 photo
    X - 1909 Colorado County Courthouse
    "This inscription appears in the pediments on all sides."
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2012
    X - Colorado County Courthouse dome
    Colorado County Courthouse dome
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2012
    TX - Colorado County Courthouse Historical Marker
    Colorado County Courthouse Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2005
    TX - Colorado County Courthouse  cornerstone
    1890 Colorado County Courthouse Cornerstone
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2012
    See Texas Cornerstones
     TX - Colorado County Courthouse 1890 cornerstone ceremony marker
    1890 Cornerstone Ceremony Marker
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2012
    Columbus TX ColoradoCounty Courthouse with Horse & Buggy
    Another early view of the Colorado County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library
    Columbus Texas courthouse square vintage photo
    A view from the NE corner of the Columbus courthouse square
    Photo courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library
    Girl strolling Teddy bear on the Courthouse lawn, Columbus Texas vintage photo
    Girl strolling Teddy on the Courthouse lawn
    1915 photo courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library
    TX Colorado County Courthouse Courtroom
    Colorado County Courthouse courtroom
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2008
    TX Colorado County Courthouse Courtroom
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2008
    TX Colorado County Courthouse Courtroom Skylight
    Colorado County Courthouse Courtroom Skylight
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2008
    Colorado County Courthouse stained glass dome
    Colorado County Courthouse Skylight
    Photo by Barclay Gibson, 2005
    See Courthouse Skylights
    Colorado County Courthouse stained glass dome hanging fixture

    "I've photographed this, my favorite Texas courtroom, many times. It wasn't until a week or two ago that I had an opportunity to climb a 12' stepladder and get REAL close to this wonderful hanging fixture under the "Tiffany style" dome."
    - Jim King, September 2007

    Court Oak
    Related Topics
  • Columbus Court Oak
  • Columbus Courthouse Magnolias
  • Colorado County Towns and Ghost Towns
  • Alleyton
  • Altair
  • Bernardo
  • Borden
  • Chesterville
  • Columbus - Colorado County Seat
  • Content
  • Eagle Lake
  • Frelsburg
  • Garwood
  • Glidden
  • Matthews
  • Mentz
  • Nada
  • New Bielau
  • Oakland
  • Osage
  • Provident City
  • Rock Island
  • Sheridan
  • Weimar

    Book Hotel Here > Columbus Hotels
  • Courtroom with stained glass dome
    The beautiful stained glass dome was covered up with a false ceiling for many years
    Photo Courtesy Colorado County Visitors Bureau
    See Columbus, Texas
    More Texas Courthouses

    More places, stories & photos:

    Texas
    TE Online Magazine
    Texas Architecture
    Texas Vintage Photos
    Texas Towns

    Book Hotel Here >
    Columbus Hotels
    More Hotels

    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

    Custom Search
    Book Hotel Here - Expedia Affiliate Network

    CITY SEARCH


    Columbus Hotels
    Find Hotel Deals in Columbus, Texas
    Book Now
    TEXAS ESCAPES CONTENTS
    HOME | TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE | HOTELS | SEARCH SITE
    TEXAS TOWN LIST | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS | TEXAS COUNTIES

    Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South | West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
    TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | FORTS | MAPS

    Texas Attractions
    TEXAS FEATURES
    People | Ghosts | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII | History | Texas Centennial | Black History | Art | Music | Animals | Books | Food
    COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

    TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
    Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters | Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators | Lodges | Museums | Rooms with a Past | Gargoyles | Cornerstones | Pitted Dates | Stores | Banks | Drive-by Architecture | Signs | Ghost Signs | Old Neon | Murals | Then & Now
    Vintage Photos

    TRAVEL RESERVATIONS | USA | MEXICO

    Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
    Website Content Copyright 1998-2011. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. All Rights Reserved