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YOUNG COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Graham, Texas,
Young County

Young County has had three courthouses: 1876, 1884 and 1932

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Graham Texas 1932 Young County courthouse
The 1932 Young County courthouse in Graham
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006

The Present Young County Courthouse -
Graham, Texas

Date - 1932
Architect - Withers & Thompson
Style - Moderne
Material - Limestone and concrete
Location - On Hwy 16

History:
A frame two-story courthouse was built in 1876 and was replaced by a three-story limestone courthouse eight years later. The current courthouse replaced the 1884 courthouse that was demolished in 1932.
See Historical Marker

Photographer's Note:
"The 1932 Young County courthouse - The architects, Withers & Thompson, also designed the Menard County courthouse in Menard. The construction materials are different in both courthouses, but the internal and external design is very similar.

There are many interesting details on the interior of this building, including intricate designs that have been painted on the ceiling." - Terry Jeanson, August 13, 2008

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Young County courthouse, Graham, Texas
The 1932 Young County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Graham Texas 1932 Young County courthouse front entrance
Courthouse front entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006
Graham TX Young County courthouse relief showing riders and wagon
A courthouse detail that may depict the arrival of the Graham Brothers
TE Photo 2-04
Young County courthouse eagle
A magnificent courthouse eagle.
TE Photo 2-04
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Cattleman, Young County courthouse detail, Graham TX
Stonecut cattleman oversees herd with oilwells in distance. Another courthouse detail
TE Photo 2004
Young County courthouse relief, Graham TX
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
Indians hunting buffalos, Young County courthouse detail, Graham TX
Stonecut detail over the rear side entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006
Graham Texas 1932 Young County courthouse courtroom
"The district courtroom. The three woman depicted above the judge's bench represent courage, justice and truth."
- Terry Jeanson, Apri, 2006 photo
Graham Texas 1932 Young County courthouse courtroom painted ceiling
The beautifully detailed ceiling in the district courtroom.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006
Texas 1932 Young County courthouse cornerstone
Young County courthouse cornerstone
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
Texas 1932 Young County courthouse cornerstone
Young County courthouse cornerstone
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
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The 1884 Young County Courthouse

1884 Young County courthouse  arch entrance ruins on display in Graham Texas
The east sandstone arch of the 1884 courthouse was saved and is on display. TE photo, 2004
Historical Marker Text
Site of Third County Courthouse
Young County was organized in 1856 with Belknap designated as county seat. After retreat of frontier troops during Civil War, county records were moved to Jacksboro 1865 during renewed Indian trouble. County was reorganized 1874 with Graham, county seat.

Courthouse (of which only archway remains) was built 1884. Native sandstone for the two-story structure was quarried east of Graham by Irish workers. N. J. Rosenquist, a native of Sweden and builder of Texas courthouses, was chief stonemason. Building had two halls in form of Greek cross--a plan that followed points of the compass. (Archway belonged to east hall.) Officials at the time of construction were: County Judge, R. F.Arnold; Treasurer, J. W. Wadley; County Clerk, C. O. Joline; Tax Assessor, J. G. Hill; County Attorney, J. A. Woolfolk; Sheriff, W. T. Bunger; County Commissioners, W. C. Blakey, J. J. Hughes, J. . Mercer and H. D. Williams.

Courthouse was razed in 1932 after completion of present structure. A. A. Morrison, fire marshal, led efforts to preserve historic archway during street improvements in 1936.

During its existence, this Courthouse witnessed and preserved the records of many historic events of Young County.
1884 Young County courthouse marker
The 1884 Young County courthouse marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April, 2006
Graham Tx - Tom Cherryhomes Marker
Tom Cherryhomes memorial marker on the courthouse grounds
"In Memory of Tom Cherryhomes
who died defending the records of Young County
Feb. 24, 1915"

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
Young County Veterans Memorial on courthouse ground, Graham Texas
Young County Veterans Memorial on the courthouse ground
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
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