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Red River County Courthouse
County Seat - Clarksville, Texas

Date - 1884
Architect - Willaim H. Wilson
Style - Renaissance Revival & Second Empire
Material - Limestone
Addition - 1910

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Red River  County Courthouse, Clarksville Texas
Red River County Courthouse today
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006

The Red River County Courthouse by Bob Bowman

"In Red River County, one of East Texas' oldest and northernmost counties, the courthouse at Clarksville is undergoing a renovation deserving of its history. And as a part of the renovation, the courthouse clock, nicknamed Old Red, is scheduled to be rebuilt.

Built in 1885, the courthouse boasts turrets and buttresses of mellow yellow stone cut from a quarry near Honey Grove. Because its architecture is part Victorian, part Gothic, and part Italian Renaissance, someone once described it as Late 19th Century Debatable. The courthouse clock ticked from 2:30 p.m. on May 27, 1885, until it developed troubles and was electrified in 1961. This saved the janitor of 30 minutes of hard winding once a week, but four months later, at 4:35 a.m. on a June morning, Old Red started striking and struck her bells 120 time before someone pulled the plug.

A town wag described it as the night that got later than it ever has been."
(From "All Things Historical" Restoring Two Old Reds )
Red River  County Courthouse tower, Clarksville Texas
Red River County Courthouse clock tower

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Red River County Courthouse Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness

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ClarksvilleT x Red River County Courtroom Interior
Red River County courtroom interior
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Clarksville Texas Hiking Bridge, Jail and Courthouse
Hiking Bridge, Jail and Courthouse in Clarksville
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Red River County Courthouse, Clarksville, Texas vintage photo
Red River County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
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