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WALKER COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Huntsville, Texas

Walker County has had five courthouses:
1848, 1853, 1869, 1888 and 1970
See Historical Marker

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The 1970 Walker County courthouse, Huntsville Texas
The 1970 Walker County courthouse today.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2005

The Current Walker County Courthouse
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Huntsville, Texas

Date - 1970
Architect - Joiner, Coburn & King
Style - Modern
Material - Brick & steel
Huntsville TX - Walker CountyCourthouse Hististorical  Marker
Walker County courthouse historical marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2005
Historical Marker Text

The Five Courthouses of Walker County

The first Walker County Courthouse was available for county commissioners court meetings in July 1848; the building was finally completed in the center of the Huntsville public square in 1850. Because of a defective foundation, a second courthouse had replaced it by 1853.

Repairs made in 1856 did not hold long. The design for the third county courthouse featured a grand jury house in the southwest corner of the grounds rather than inside the courthouse itself. Dubbed "The Little Courthouse," the grand jury house was completed and in use by 1861. Construction on the main courthouse was interrupted by the Civil War; it was finished in 1869 but major repairs were necessary within a couple of years.

On the first day of 1888 the grand jury house was again called into service after the main courthouse burned. The commissioners court selected Eugene T. Heiner of Houston to design a new building. The construction contract was awarded to D. N. Darling of Palestine. Darling set to work in late spring and erected Heiner's vision, replete with Victorian Gothic, Renaissance revival and Italianate details. That structure, the fourth Walker County Courthouse, gradually welcomed back the social and religious groups of the county. Other uses included the Walker County Fair of 1912 and a lecture series sponsored by Texas A & M University in 1914. The interior of the building burned in 1968. At that time, it was one of the 25 oldest courthouses in the state of Texas.

The fifth Walker County Courthouse, a modern brick and steel structure, was completed in 1970. It remained in service at the dawn of the 21st century.
1888 Walker County courthouse Huntsville Texas old photo
The 1888 (fourth) Walker County Courthouse, burned.
1939 photo courtesy TXDoT
1888 Walker County Courthouse Historical Marker , Huntsville Texas
Historical Marker on the 1888 Walker County courthouse cornerstone.

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2005
1888 Walker County Courthouse cornerstone, Huntsville Texas
Cornerstone of the 1888 Walker County courthouse, on the grounds of the current courthouse.

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2005
Former Walker County courthouse Huntsville Texas old photo
A close up of the fourth courthouse, without the trees
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
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