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SHACKELFORD COUNTY COURTHOUSE

County Seat - Albany, Texas
Shackelford County

Shackelford County has had two courthouses:
1875 and 1883
Albany TX - 1883 Shackelford County Courthouse
The 1883 Shackelford County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2007

The Present Shackelford County Courthouse
- Albany, Texas

Date - 1883
Architect - J. E. Flanders
Style - Second Empire
Material - Native limestone
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Hwy 6 & Hwy180

Photographer's Note:
"The 1883 Shackelford County courthouse was the first courthouse restored under the Texas Historical Commission's Courthouse Preservation Program. It was rededicated on June 30, 2001. The architect, James Edward Flanders, designed eight or nine Second Empire style courthouses in Texas during the late 1800s, but the one in Shackelford County is the only one that remains." - Terry Jeanson
Shackelford County Courthouse, albany Texas old photo
Shackelford County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo Courtesy TXDoT

Historical Marker Text

Shackelford County Courthouse

Built 1883-84 from plans by J. E. Flanders of Dallas, architect for several other 1880s Texas courthouses. Edgar Rye of Albany was construction superintendent. Kilted Scottish Masons erected the walls of stone quarried a few miles southwest of town. The foundations rest two feet deep on "natural concrete" (caliche). Budgeted at $27,000.00; final cost was $49,433.75. Clock tower was added at public's request.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1962
Albany TX - 1883 Shackelford County Courthouse Historical Marker
Shackelford County courthouse historical marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2007

Albany TX - 1883 Shackelford County Courthouse Clock Tower
"Detail of the courthouse's clock tower. Although it would add to the cost of the construction, county residents requested the addition of a clock tower to their courthouse."
- Terry Jeanson
Albany TX - 1883 Shackelford County Courthouse Interior
"The main floor hallway exhibits much of the building's detailed woodwork." - Terry Jeanson
Albany TX - 1883 Shackelford County Courthouse District Courtroom
"The centrally located, two-story district courtroom on the second floor rises from the front to the rear, enabling the judge to see everyone in the courtroom." - Terry Jeanson
Albany, Texas Shackelford County Courthouse
Shackelford County Courthouse today
Photo courtesy Lexie Nichols and Jordan Gibson, August 2007
Shackelford County Courthouse, Albany, Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2002
Albany, Texas Shackelford County Courthouse
More view of the courthouse
Photo courtesy Steve Johnson, May 2007
Shackelford County Courthouse, Albany, Texas old photo
Another early view of the courthouse
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
Albany TX - Shackelford County Courthouse  1894 etching
Shackelford County Courthouse etching
Courtesy GLO
The 1875 Shackelford County Courthouse
"Shackelford County was organized in 1874 and Albany beat out Fort Griffin for the county seat. County Sheriff H.C. Jacobs donated the land for the first county courthouse and in 1875, a 420' x 420' courthouse of picket construction was built in the middle of the courthouse square. In 1883, this building was removed from the square by restaurant owner Charles Hartfield and was used as a boarding house for the workers hired to construct the current courthouse. Courthouse offices were located in the Ballow-Keener building, a two-story stone building that stood on the northeast corner of the square, until the new courthouse was completed." - Terry Jeanson

Source - Texas Historical Commission County Atlas - National Register of Historic Places at http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-desig.htm

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