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PARKER COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Weatherford, Texas

Parker County has had four courthouses:
1856, 1858, 1878 and 1885

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Weatheford TX - Parker County Courthouse
The 1885 Parker County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2005

The Present Parker County Courthouse
- Weatherford, Texas

Date - 1885
Architect - Dodson & Dudley
Style - Second Empire
Material - Limestone
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

The Parker County Courthouse closely resembles the ones in Coryell, Denton, Hill, Hood and Lampassas counties. All were works of W. C. Dodson.

Weatherford complies with the state’s legal request that county seats be located “within” five miles of the county’s geographic center by putting the courthouse on the exact center and even celebrating the spot with a decorative floor.

Photographer's Note:
"The 1885 Parker County courthouse replaced an earlier courthouse which burned in 1884. The 1885 courthouse was restored through the Texas Historical Commission's Courthouse Preservation Program and rededicated on June 4, 2005." - Terry Jeanson
Parker County Courthouse, Weatherford, Texas

Parker County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT

Historical Marker:

Parker County Courthouse

Scene of many noted trials. Built 1884-86. Cost $55,555.55. Fourth courthouse in history of county, organized 1856. An oak on Fort Belknap Road was court site that year. In this building practiced S.W.T. Lanham, who was Governor of Texas 1902-1906.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1965.
Parker County Courthouse, Weatherford, Texas old post card

Parker County Courthouse
Old Postcared courtesy THC

Weatheford TX - Parker County Courthouse Clock Tower
Parker County Courthouse Clock Tower
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October, 2005
Weatheford TX - Parker County Courthouse Courtroom ceiling & decorative window details
Courtroom's windows and decorative ceiling.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October, 2005
Weatheford TX - Parker County Courthouse Courtroom
The centrally located, two-story district courtroom. The compact, upper balcony over the judge's bench is repeated over the rear doors to the courtroom.
- Terry Jeanson, October 2005 photo
Parker County Courthouse
Parker County Courthouse in Weatherford
Photo Courtesy Lou Ann Herda, 2002
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