of the 1885 Panola County courthouse.
Photo by Terry
Panola County Courthouse
One of the worst architectural errors in judgement occurred in Panola
County in 1956. The 1885 courthouse was replaced with the 1953 structure
in use today.
in a Pecan Shell
(A timeline of significant events)
1846: Panola County is organized – the town of Pulaski was
made temporary county seat.
1848: Carthage is named seat for its central location. Named
for Carthage, Mississippi.
1849: Post office was established and a log courthouse was
1853: Brick courthouse was completed
1874: Carthage is incorporated – although it needed to be reincorporated
in 1902 and again after that
1885: Third courthouse is built
1888: Texas, Sabine Valley and Northwestern Railroad arrives
by J. N. Carnes and completed in 1891, this structure served as the
Panola County Jail for sixty-two years. The two-story brick building
exhibits Italianate and Romanesque style influences and features a
symmetrical facade with projecting tower, arched openings, and corbelled
detailing. It was used as a city jail from 1953 to 1965. A restoration
project begun in 1988 converted it to a community museum and historical
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967
Reeves Memorial: On Hwy 79, 3 miles east of town
Museum: 300 W. Panola
Heritage Museum: 100 East Sabine Street
- 15 miles west of Carthage on Murvaul Bayou.
EAST TEXAS SUNDAY DRIVE BOOK" by Bob Bowman)
Concentrated largely in Panola
County, this Sunday Drive will provide you with some of the flavor
of East Texas' country
and western music, a look at a ghost town, a stop at an old railroad
depot, and a drive through the beautiful pine and hardwood forests
along the Sabine River.
Start your Sunday
Drive at Carthage, the county seat of Panola
County (Panola means cotton in Indian), where Potlatch, a festival
of arts, crafts and country foods is held every October.
Carthage... became the county seat in l884 when Jonathan Anderson
donated 100 acres for the townsite.
[A] block off
the town square... you'll find a good collection of quaint shops
as well as the Heritage Museum, located in a restored bank
building, and the Panola County Historical Museum, located in the
old county jail... more
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact