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Jack County Courthouse
County Seat - Jacksboro, Texas

Jack County has had four courthouses:
1858, 1871, 1886 and 1940
.
Jacksboro, Texas - Jack County Courthouse
Jack County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

The Present Jack County Courthouse -
Jacksboro, Texas

Date - 1940
Architect - Voelcker and Dixon
Style - Moderne
Material - Stone

Jack County History - See
Jack County Historical Marker
Jack County Courthouse, Jacksboro, Texas
Jack County Courthouse as it appeared in 1940
Photo courtesy of TXDoT
Jack County Courthouse, Jacksboro, Texas
Jack County Courthouse Today
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2005
Jacksboro, Texas - Jack County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Jacksboro TX - Present Jack County CourthousevBack view
Jack County Courthouse Back View
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006
Jacksboro, Texas - Jack County Courthouse district courtroom
District Courtroom
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006

The 1886 Jack County Courthouse -
Jacksboro, Texas

Architect - J.E. Flanders
Style - Second Empire
Material - native limestone

Stones from the 1886 courthouse were used to build Jacksboro City Hall.
1886 Jack County courthouse, Jacksboro, Texas
The 1886 Jack County courthouse.
Xerox copy courtesy of the county clerk's office in the current county courthouse.
1886 Jack County courthouse bell and cornerstone, Jacksboro Texas
The bell and cornerstone from the 1886 Jack County courthouse are now displayed on the front lawn of the current courthouse.
Historical marker for 1886 Jack County courthouse bell and cornerstone, Jacksboro Texas
Historical marker for the 1886 Jack County courthouse bell and cornerstone. Photos courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006
Historical Marker Text

Old Jack County Courthouse Cornerstone

Removed 1885 from third Jack County Courthouse when building was razed. Mounted here in 1966. Old Courthouse was of native limestone, quarried in Jacksboro. For its day, workmanship and stone of finest quality. Bell is also a relic of the third courthouse. It was part of the mechanism in the building's clock tower, and was mounted in frame here by Jacksboro firemen.
(1967)
Historical Marker - at Courthouse west entrance, Jacksboro

Jack County

Created 1856. Organized 1857. Named for W. H. and P. C. Jack, brothers and patriots in the Texas Revolution. Butterfield Overland Mail, 1858-1861, had 3 stage stops in county. In 1861, Jack County voted against secession, 76-14. Most men fought in frontier units. Some were Confederates; others joined Federal army. Fort Richardson was established in 1867. In 1871 near Jacksboro, Kiowas massacred Warren Wagon Train teamsters. General of the Army W. T. Sherman, then at the fort, sent General Ranald S. MacKenzie, commander, to arrest the Indians. Chiefs Satanta and Big Tree were convicted in first non-tribal trials of Plains Indians in North Texas.

By 1875 MacKenzie's raiders had opened West Texas for settlement. A Corn Club founded in Jacksboro by County Agent Tom Marks on September 8, 1907, was the forerunner of the International 4-H Clubs. Fort Richardson, with 7 original buildings standing, is now a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Museum is open the year round.

Other attractions include circular high school building and old limestones on square, Jacksboro. Recreation centers about lakes, parks, campgrounds. Economy is based on agriculture, oil, cattle, sheep, and goats.

(1965)
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