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HARDEMAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Quanah, Texas

Hardeman County has had three courthouses:
1908 - Quanah
1890 - Quanah
1885 - Margaret

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Quanah Tx Hardeman County Courthouse
Hardeman County courthouse
Terry Jeanson, March 2012

The Present Hardeman County Courthouse
Quanah, Texas

Date - 1908
Architect - R. H. Stuckey
Style - Beaux-Arts
Material - Brick
Texas Historical Landmark

The stately 1908 Courthouse reflects the pride felt by Hardemaners when they moved the County Seat from Margaret. Residence for voting was determined by where one had one's laundry done. It was a clean election.

The Hardeman County courthouse received an exterior restoration which was completed in 2011. An interior restoration grant was awarded to Hardeman County in 2012.

Hardeman County Courthouse Historical Marker
Hardeman County Courthouse, Quanah, Texas old photo
Hardeman County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Quanah Tx Hardeman County Courthouse historical marker
Hardeman County Courthouse historical marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006
Historical Marker Text

Hardeman County Courthouse

Hardeman County was created in 1858 and named for early Texas legislators Bailey and Thomas Jones Hardeman. It was not organized, however, until 1884 when the population had increased enough to have a formal county government. The community of Margaret (now in Foard County) was selected as first county seat, but after the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway laid out the townsite of Quanah along its line, voters elected to move the county seat to Quanah in 1890.

A 1906 bond election secured funds for the construction of a new building to replace the 1890 county courthouse. The Commissioners Court selected architect R. H. Stuckey of Chillicothe and Tom Lovell & Sons of Denton to design and construct the building, respectively. Stuckey used a domed cupola, stone lintels over the windows, and ionic columns flanking the entryways to execute his Neoclassical design for the courthouse. Built of glazed tan brick with a raised basement of Indiana limestone, it was completed in 1908.

Since its construction, the Hardeman County Courthouse has served as the center of politics and government for county residents. The square is a focal point for local festivals and community events. An anchor in
Quanah's downtown historic district, the 1908 courthouse continues as a significant part of the community's architectural heritage.

Recorder Texas Historical Landmark - 2001
Quanah Tx Hardeman County Courthouse
The courthouse from the northeast corner
Terry Jeanson, March 2012
Quanah Tx Hardeman County Courthouse
The courthouse from the northwest corner.
Terry Jeanson, March 2012
Quanah Tx Hardeman County Courthouse
Detail over the front entrance
Terry Jeanson, March 2012
Quanah Tx Hardeman County Courthouse restored domed cupola
Detail of the restored domed cupola
Terry Jeanson, March 2012
Quanah Tx Hardeman County Courthouse cornerstone
Hardeman County courthouse cornerstone
Terry Jeanson, March 2012
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Quanah Tx Hardeman County Courthouse
Hardeman County Courthouse in 2008
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
Quanah Tx 1908 Hardeman County Courthouse
"The front of the 1908 Hardeman County courthouse. The rear of the courthouse does not have an inset portico like the front."
- Terry Jeanson, April 2006 photo
Quanah Tx Hardeman County Courthouse tower
Hardeman County Courthouse dome
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2002
Hardeman County Courthouse pressed tin ceiling, Quanah Tx
"Although there have been modern renovations to the interior, the main floor still retains its metal-pressed ceiling."
- Terry Jeanson, April 2006 photo
Quanah Tx Hardeman County Courthouse district courtroom
Hardeman County Courthouse district courtroom
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006
1936 Hardeman County Centennial Marker located in a park on the western edge of Quanah.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Hardeman County Centennial Marker text
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Centennial Marker text
Hardeman County
Created February 1, 1858, recreated August 21, 1876. Organized December 30, 1884. Named in honor of Bailey Hardeman, 1785-1836, signer of the Texas Congress and Legislature. County seat, Margarette, 1884-1890; Quanah, since, in honor of Quahah Parker, a Comanche Chief.
Quanah Tx Quanah Parker Monument
Quanah Parker Monument on the courthouse lawn.
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Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Quanah Parker Monument
On the Courthouse Square, dedicated in 1991, this tells the story of Indian captive, Cynthia Parker, her recapture and subsequent death, and her son who became the last great Comanche Chief. One of the most interesting stories in a state known for interesting stories.
Quanah, the Parkers, and Related Stories:
Daniel, Cynthia, Quanah, "Cousin" Herman, and nothing about Bonnie
  • The Half-breed Savage by Murray Montgomery
  • The Parker Family by Bob Bowman
  • Who Killed Chief Peta Nocona? by C. F. Eckhardt
  • The Savage Life of Herman Lehmann or Ich bin ein Apache by Brewster Hudspeth
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