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DUVAL COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - San Diego, Texas

Duval County has had two courthouses:
ca 1870, and 1916
San Diego, Texas - Duval County Courthouse
Duval County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010

The Present Duval County Courthouse
- San Diego, Texas

Date: 1916
Architect: Sanguinet, Staats and Gottlieb
Style: Classical Revival
Material: Brick

Photographer's Note:
"Duval County's first courthouse was built shortly after county organization in the late 1870s. It burned down on August 11, 1914. It was replaced by the current Classical Revival style red brick courthouse which was built in 1916. Marshall R. Sanguinet & Carl G. Staats designed the building with partner R. D. Gottlieb. Based in Fort Worth, Sanguinet & Staats designed buildings all over Texas, with Sanguinet mostly operating the business part of the architectural firm and Staats doing most of the designing. They were well known for their steel-framed skyscrapers, most notably the Alico Building in Waco, TX. In 1938, the Duval County courthouse received a rear addition, designed by the Page Bros. of Austin.

During my most recent visit to the Duval County courthouse, I was saddened to see the continual decay of this historic building which is nearly one hundred years old. I talked with some of the courthouse employees who informed me of habitual water leaks and the deterioration of the building's roof. The interior hallways are a mish-mash of exposed cables and duct work. With the hard economic times, it doesn't seem likely that there will be any funding to bring about the kind of repairs that this building needs. It would be a shame to lose this magnificent building." - Terry Jeanson, July 2010
San Diego, Texas - Duval County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
San Diego, Texas - Duval County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
San Diego, Texas - Duval County Courthouse architectural details
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
San Diego, Texas - Duval County Courthouse plaque
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
San Diego, Texas - Duval County historical markers
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
Historical Marker

Duval County

Created by the Texas Legislature in 1858 and organized in 1879, Duval County played an important role in the economic and political development of South Texas. Early settlers came to this area in the mid-19th century from Mexico, and Anglo pioneers began arriving in the 1860s. The early economy was based on ranching and agriculture. In the late 1870s the railroad brought increased employment and population to the county. The discovery of oil, gas, and uranium in the early 1900s boosted the economy and caused increased settlement in the region.
(1996)
Duval County Texas centennial marker
Duval County Texas centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
Texas Centennial Marker Text

DUVAL COUNTY

Created February 1, 1858
Organized November 7, 1876
Named in honor of

BURR H. DUVAL
1809-1836
Captain of a company of Fannin's command at Goliad.
Murdered after the surrender March 27, 1836.

San Diego, the county seat
1916 Duval County Courthouse today, San  Diego Texas
The 1916 Duval County Courthouse today
Photo courtesy Rudy Torres, May 2007
Duval County Courthouse, San Diego Texas old photo
The 1916 Duval County Courthouse as it appeared in 1940
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Duval County Courthouse, San Diego Texas old photo
Another early view of the Duval County courthouse
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/


The First Duval County Courthouse
- San Diego, Texas

"Duval County's first courthouse was built shortly after county organization in the late 1870s. It burned down on August 11, 1914." - Terry Jeanson
First Duval County Courthouse, burned, San Diego Texas old photo
The first Duval County Courthouse, burned in the 1910s.
Photo circa 1910s, courtesy Bill Moran and Rudy Torres
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