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TERRELL COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Sanderson, Texas

The Mediterranean Style Courthouse has been remodeled as recently as 1983, but was built in 1906, one year after Terrell County was organized. The county lines were drawn from part of Pecos County.
1906 Terrell County courthouse in its original condition, Sanderson Texas old photo
The 1906 Terrell County courthouse in its original condition.
(Courthouse was remodeled in 1930 and 1983)
"This photo hangs in the lobby of the current courthouse. The eagle is in the center of the roof parapet."

- Terry Jeanson, December 2005 photo
Terrell County Courthouse, Sanderson, Texas old photo
Terrell County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT

1906 Terrell County courthouse eagle , Sanderson Texas
Terrell County courthouse eagle  on pillar, Sanderson Texas
The original Terrell County courthouse eagle is now perched on top of a stone pillar in front of the current courthouse.

The text on the plaque is as follows:

TERRELL COUNTY EAGLE
From original courthouse constructed in 1906. On reconstruction of courthouse in 1934, eagle disappeared. After 65 years, found, ransomed, and returned on July 4th, 1999.


Photos courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2005

Terrell County Courthouse Forum

Subject: Terrell County Courthouse and Eagle
The picture of the original Terrell County, Texas, courthouse showing the eagle atop the parapet and another picture showing an eagle atop a rock and claiming to be the "recovered original eagle" referred to above is totally inaccurate. Measuring the width of the wingspan of the eagle atop the parapet of the original courthouse compared to the width of the courthouse, then measuring the width of the wingspan atop the rock in front of the courthouse that claims to be the "recovered eagle" shows the inaccuracy of the statement and fact that a lot of money was wasted to purchase a much smaller eagle and a lot of truth was wasted in claiming that it was the "recovered original eagle". Do the measurements yourself! - J.A. Gilbreath, June 10, 2008

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