Kimble County Courthouse
- Junction, Texas
Architect: Henry Phelps
The county was named after Alamo defender Geo. C. Kimble. Originally
the County Seat was the short-lived (and often flooded) town of Kimbleville.
The current Kimble County Courthouse was built in 1929. There were
two others, one in 1878 and another in 1885. The first one burned,
necessitating the second. The second was burned in 1888, but was repaired.
Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
|An earlier view
of the Kimble County Courthouse
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
1878 Kimble County courthouse &
The 1885 Kimble County courthouse
Cornerstone Fragment from 1885 Courthouse
of the 1885 courthouse sits not far from the Chamber of Commerce's
office and shows that it was the design of English Architect Alfred
Giles. Giles designed courthouses in Marfa,
His 1882 Courthouse in Fredericksburg
is now the Gillespie County Library. En route to Fredericksburg,
he had the misfortune of being robbed while a passenger in a stagecoach.
Giles also designed the Webb
County Courthouse in Laredo and many buildings in Mexico.
According to the THC Atlas at http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm,
the 1878 Kimble County courthouse was a two-story frame building.
It burned on April 22, 1884. The 1885 Kimble County courthouse
was a two-story stone building with a square floor plan. It was designed
by Alfred Giles and the contractor was J.M. Piper." - Terry