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ATASCOSA COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Jourdanton, Texas

Atascosa County has had four courthouses:
1912 - Jourdanton
1885 - Pleasanton
1857 - Pleasanton
1856 - Amphion

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Atascosa County Courthouse, Jourdanton, Texas
The 1912 Atascosa County Courthouse
TE Photo, 2002

The Present Atascosa County Courthouse
Jourdanton, Texas

Date - 1912
Architect - Henry T. Phelps
Style - Mission-style
Material - Brick and stone
Atascosa County Courthouse, Jourdanton, Texas
Atascosa County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
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Oil painting of 1885 Atascosa County courthouse moved from Pleasanton Texas to Jourdanton
"An oil painting of the 1885 Atascosa County courthouse that stood in Pleasanton. The legend* says that when the county seat was moved to Jourdanton in 1910, this building was lifted from its foundation and moved there. It has since been demolished. This painting hangs in the Longhorn Museum in Pleasanton, Texas." - Terry Jeanson, October 30, 2006

Atascosa County Courthouse Forum

*I was pleased to find your page with several renderings of the Atascosa County court house, past and present. I was rather amused at the "legend" you repeated about moving the court house from Pleasanton to Jourdanton. Actually, only the records were moved (stolen, as I heard it ) and the old court house in Pleasanton was still in its place when I was a child, serving as the Pleasanton City Hall. By the time it was demolished to make way for the widening of US 281 through town in the mid 1950's, the upper floor had been condemned, as I recall, but the city offices were still housed there. The present city hall stands on what is left of the old grounds of the Pleasanton Court House.

That "legend" may be a version of a story a gentleman told on himself . When he first came to Atascosa County, it was about the time that the county seat had been moved, and feelings were still very raw about that event. It so happened that at least two other county seats were being moved about the same time, and this hapless gentleman suggested to a group of Pleasanton citizens at a "friendly" gabfest that perhaps they should just put all the courthouses on railroad cars and roll them around that way until they decided for sure where they should go. He said that he hardly got the words out of his mouth before every man within hearing of him had drawn their pistols on him. Only after the most abject and profuse apology was he able to convince those men to holster their weapons. He never made that mistake again. I happened to have read this story just today in a book published by the Atascosa History Committee in 1985. Thanks again for a good page. - Marcy Porter, May 06, 2008
Amphion 1856 Atascosa County log courthouse replica in Jourdanton Texas
Across the street from the current Atascosa County Courthouse in Jourdanton is the replica of the first Atascosa County Courthouse (c.1856) at Amphion. Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2004
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