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THE LAMPASAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Lampasas, Texas

Lampasas County has had two courthouses:
1856 and 1883

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Lampasas County Courthouse today, Lampasas Texas
The Lampasas County Courthouse today
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2006

The Lampasas County Courthouse -
Lampasas, Texas

Date - 1883
Architect - W.C. Dodson
Style - Second Empire Courthouse
Material - Limestone

The 1883 Lampasas County Courthouse is the third oldest Texas Courthouse still functioning as one.

In 1984 the clockwork was moved to the first floor for public viewing. Molding was placed on the first floor walls at the high water mark from the 1957 flood.

Courthouse Today

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Courthouse Under Restoration

The 1883 Lampasas County Courthouse Today

Lampasas County Courthouse, Lampasas Texas
Lampasas County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2006
Lampasas Texas - Lampasas County Courthouse top view, Architecural Details
Lampasas County Courthouse architural details
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Lampasas Texas - Lampasas County Courthouse clock tower, Dodson Architech
Lampasas County Courthouse clock tower
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
1883 Lampasas County Courthouse, Texas, Architect W.C. Dodson
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2006
Lampasas TX  - Lampasas County Courthouse Cornerstone
Lampasas County Courthouse cornerstone
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
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Lampasas TX - Lampasas County Courthouse Masonic Cornerstone
Lampasas County Courthouse Masonic Cornerstone
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
Lampasas County Courthouse staircase,Texas
Lampasas County Courthouse Staircase
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2006
Texas - Lampasas County Courthouse stairs
Lampasas County Courthouse interior
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2006
Lampasas County Courthouse safe, Lampasas Texas
Courthouse safe
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2006
Lampasas County Courthouse marker, Lampasas Texas
Lampasas County Courthouse Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2006
Historical Marker:

Lampasas County Courthouse

After the Texas Legislature created Lampasas County in 1856, official business of the county was conducted from a variety of spaces and buildings. Land for the courthouse square was set aside when the town of Lampasas was platted in the 1850s. In 1882, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad extended their tracks to the county seat, bringing significant growth and prosperity to the area.

In 1883, the Commissioners Court, with county judge W. P. Beall presiding, hired Waco architect Wesley Clark Dodson to design the new courthouse. The building contractor (Kane Brothers) and the stone contractors (T. Lovell and Company) executed Dodson's plan, completing the building in 1884. Reflecting influences of the Second Empire and Italianate styles of architecture, the Lampasas County Courthouse features a central clock tower, arched windows and a mansard roof. In 1884, the Commissioners Court authorized the city to place a Seth Thomas clock in the tower.

Since its construction, the courthouse has been a focal point for city and county activities, including local festivals. Floods in 1936 and 1957 damaged the building, requiring repair and reconstruction. Today, the stately Lampasas County Courthouse remains an outstanding example of the golden era of courthouse construction in the state. It continues to serve as an important symbol of the county's growth and development and as an influence on the historic character of the county seat.
The 1883 Lampasas County Courthouse
Vintage Photos
Lampasas courthouse and square in the 1957 flood
The 1957 flood in Lampasas
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Lampasas County courthouse, Lampasas Texas 1939 old photo
Lampasas County courthouse as it appeared in 1939
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Lampasas County courthouse, Lampasas Texas  old photo
Courthouse with buggy
Old photo courtesy THC
The 1883 Lampasas County Courthouse
Under Restoration
Lampasas County courthouse clock under restoration, Lampasas Texas 2003
Courthouse Clock.
TE photo, 2003
Lampasas County courthouse tower under restoration, Lampasas Texas 2003
Courthouse tower.
TE photo, 2003
Lampasas County courthouse under restoration, Lampasas Texas 2003
TE photo, 2003
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