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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
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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