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    OLD HELENA COURTHOUSE
    The 1873 Karnes County Courthouse

    Helena Schoolhouse - 1894 to 1945

    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
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    Old Courthouse Square
    Helena, Texas - First Karnes County Seat

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    TX - Old Helena Courthouse Schoolhouse
    Old Helena Courthouse / Schoolhouse in 1967
    Photo from Karnes County Museum Collection
    Courtesy William Beauchamp, April 2012
    Architect - John Jacob Riley
    Still standing in Helena, the former county seat.
    Helena became the first Karnes County Seat when the county organized in 1854.

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    TX  - Old Helena Courthouse
    The 1873 courthouse / Helena schoolhouse today
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2012
    TX Old Helena Courthouse Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2012
    Historical Marker Text

    Old Helena Courthouse

    Soon after Karnes County was created and organized in 1854, a frame and clapboard courthouse was erected at this site in the center of Jefferson Square. This rock structure was built in 1873 to replace the first courthouse and adjacent county clerk's office, which had been destroyed by a storm and fire following the Civil War (1861-65). After county seat was moved to Karnes City in 1894, building was used as a school until 1945.
    First Karnes County Courthouse, Helena, Texas

    TE Photo, 2001
    Helena TX  - 1873 Karnes County Courthouse
    Northeast corner of the 1873 courthouse/Schoolhouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2012
    Karnes County TX Courthouse / Helena School 1900s
    "After county seat was moved to Karnes City in 1894,
    building was used as a school until 1945."
    Early 1900s p
    hoto courtesy William Beauchamp
    Karnes County TX Courthouse / Helena School class photo 1900s
    Early 1900s photo courtesy William Beauchamp
    Karnes County TX Courthouse / Helena School class photo 1900s
    More Helena courthouse/school class photo
    Early 1900s photo courtesy William Beauchamp
    TX  - Old Helena Courthouse Schoolhouse staircase
    Staircase going up
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2012
    TX  - Old Helena Courthouse Schoolhouse courtroom classroom
    Upstairs courtroom / schoolroom
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2012
    TX  - Old Helena Courthouse Schoolhouse courtroom classroom
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2012
    TX  - Old Helena Courthouse Schoolhouse courtroom classroom - school desks & slate
    School desks & slates
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, April 2012
    TX  - Old Helena Courthouse Schoolhouse courtroom classroom - school desks by window
    School desks by the window
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, April 2012
    TX  - Old Helena Courthouse Schoolhouse courtroom classroom view
    Helena courtroom / classroom view
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, April 2012
    TX  - Old Helena Courthouse  staircase
    Staircase going down
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, April 2012
    TX  - Old Helena School Bell
    Schoolhouse Bell
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, April 2012
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    Helena, Texas - Former Karnes County Courthouse
    Earlier view
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2004
    Karnes County Courthouse, Karnes City, Texas
    The 1894 Karnes County Courthouse
    in Karnes City, Texas

    1939 Photo courtesy TXDoT
    Karnes County courthouse historical marker, Karnes City Texas
    Karnes County courthouse historical marker
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, 2009

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    Present Karnes County Seat
    - Karnes City, Texas
    Present
    Karnes County Courthouse

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