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KIMBLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE

County Seat - Junction, Texas

Kimble County has had three courthouses:
1878, 1885 and 1929

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1929 Kimble County courthouse, Junction Texas
The 1929 Kimble County courthouse in Junction
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2004

The Present Kimble County Courthouse
- Junction, Texas

Date: 1929
Architect: Henry Phelps
Style: Moderne
Material: Brick

The county was named after Alamo defender Geo. C. Kimble. Originally the County Seat was the short-lived (and often flooded) town of Kimbleville.

The current Kimble County Courthouse was built in 1929. There were two others, one in 1878 and another in 1885. The first one burned, necessitating the second. The second was burned in 1888, but was repaired.
Kimble County Courthouse, Junction, Texas  old photo
Kimble County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Kimble County Texas 1936 centennial marker on the courthouse lawn
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009
Kimble County Courthouse, Junction, Texas old photo
An earlier view of the Kimble County Courthouse
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

The 1878 Kimble County courthouse
&
The 1885 Kimble County courthouse

courthouse cornerstone

Cornerstone Fragment from 1885 Courthouse
TE photo
The cornerstone of the 1885 courthouse sits not far from the Chamber of Commerce's office and shows that it was the design of English Architect Alfred Giles. Giles designed courthouses in Marfa, Falfurrias, Goliad and Floresville. His 1882 Courthouse in Fredericksburg is now the Gillespie County Library. En route to Fredericksburg, he had the misfortune of being robbed while a passenger in a stagecoach. Giles also designed the Webb County Courthouse in Laredo and many buildings in Mexico.


Photographer's Note:
"According to the THC Atlas at http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm, the 1878 Kimble County courthouse was a two-story frame building. It burned on April 22, 1884.

The 1885 Kimble County courthouse was a two-story stone building with a square floor plan. It was designed by Alfred Giles and the contractor was J.M. Piper." - Terry Jeanson

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