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HUNT COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Greenville, Texas

Hunt County has had seven courthouses

1847, 1853, 1859, 1881, 1883, 1885, and 1929

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Present Hunt County Courthouse, Greenville, Texas
The 1929 Hunt County Courthouse today
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2007

Present Hunt County Courthouse - Greenville

Date - 1929
Architect - C.H. Page, Jr. & Bro.
Style - Moderne
Material - Brick and stone

Hunt County was named in honor of Memucan (a name you don't hear much anymore) Hunt, Texas Secretary of the Navy.

Hunt County Courthouses Historical Marker
Hunt County Courthouse, Greenville, Texas
Hunt County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
The 1885 Hunt County Courthouse
1885 Hunt County Courthouse, Greenville, Texas
This picture of the 1885 Hunt County courthouse is hanging in the county auditor's office in the current courthouse. This courthouse was similar in appearance to the 1883 courthouse that was destroyed by fire. - Terry Jeanson, June 2007 photo
1885 Hunt County courthouse, Greenville, Texas
The 1885 Hunt County Courthouse
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The Seven Courthouses of Hunt County
Historical Marker
Seven Hunt County Courthouses Historical Marker,  Greenville, Texas
The historical marker in front of the current courthouse relays the history of the previous Hunt County courthouses. - Terry Jeanson, June 2007 photo
The Seven Courthouses of Hunt County Historical Marker Text

In 1846, when Hunt County was created, Greenville was chosen as the county seat. Court sessions were held under oak trees at the corner of St. John and Bourland streets until the first courthouse was built here in 1847. A log cabin, it was located on the west side of the square. It was replaced in 1853 by a 2-story frame courthouse on the northwest corner.

The center of the square, which had been reserved for a more substantial building, was used in 1858 for the third courthouse. The first brick structure in the county, it was condemned in 1874. County offices were moved to a building at 2610 Lee Street, purchased from the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

The fifth courthouse, an ornate red brick building with white stone trim, was constructed here in 1883. Thirteen months later it was destroyed by a fire which heavily damaged the town's commercial district. A new courthouse, which closely resembled the 1883 structure, was built in 1885. In 1928 it was torn down to make room for construction of the present courthouse, the seventh for Hunt County. A formal dedication was held on April 11, 1929, the 83rd anniversary of the county's founding.

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