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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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