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    CALLAHAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE
    County Seat - Baird, Texas

    Callahan County has had four courthouses:
    1929 - Baird
    1884 - Baird
    1883 - Baird
    1877 - Belle Plain
    Callahan County Courthouse, Baird Texas
    Callahan County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2005

    The Present Callahan County Courthouse
    Baird, Texas

    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
    Date - 1929
    Architect - Voelcker and Dixon, Inc
    Style - Texas Renaissance
    Callahan County Courthouse marker, Baird Texas
    Callahan County Courthouse historical marker
    100 W. 4th St.

    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2005
    Historical Marker Text

    Callahan County Courthouse

    The county seat moved from Belle Plain to Baird in 1883, and a courthouse, designed by noted architect F.E. Ruffini, was built at this site. The county hired another noted architect, J. Riely Gordon, in 1900 for a larger courthouse; J.E. Flanders was the supervising architect. In 1928, the growing county hired Voelcker & Dixon Architects & Engineers of Wichita Falls, who designed this Classical Revival courthouse, completed the next year. Suggs and Dunlap contractors constructed the building, which features intricate detailing, including acanthus leaves, rosettes, medallions and cartouches.
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2003
    Callahan county courthouse, Baird, Texas
    What is believed to be the 1900 J. Reily Gordon Courthouse in Baird, Texas mentioned in the historical marker above.
    Photo courtesy THC

    The 1929 Callahan County Courthouse today
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2009

    Callahan County Courthouse,  Baird, Texas old photo
    The 1929 Callahan County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
    Photo courtesy TXDoT
    Callahan County Courthouse,  Baird, Texas old photo
    Another early view of the 1929 Callahan County Courthouse
    1942 Photo courtesy THC
    Barid Texas street scene
    Baird street scene, with the Callahan County courthouse in distance
    Photo courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp, 8-01

    The 1877 Callahan County Courthouse
    Belle Plain, Texas

    After Callahan County was organized in 1877, Belle Plain won the election for county seat. The county seat moved from Belle Plain to Baird in 1883.
    Ruins of 1877 First Callahan County Courthouse, Belle Plain Texas 1930s photo
    Ruins of the First (1877) Callahan County Courthouse in Belle Plain
    1930s photo courtesy TXDoT
    Callahan County
    1936 Texas Centennial Marker
    TX - Callahan County Centennial Marker

    Centennial Marker on courthouse front lawn in Baird
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2009

    Centennial Marker Text
    Callahan County
    Formed from Bexar Territory, created February 1, 1858; recreated August 21, 1876; organized July 3, 1877. Named in Honor of James H. Callahan, 1812-1856 soldier in the Texas Revolution, captain of the Texas Rangers. County Seat, Callahan City, 1877; Belle Plain, 1877-1883; Baird, since two early military roads, the Chisholm Trail, and the first government telegraph line traversed this region.
    Baird TX - Callahan County Courthouse & Centennial Marker

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2009
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