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SAN SABA COUNTY COURTHOUSE

County Seat - San Saba, Texas


San Saba County has had three courthouses:
1857, 1878 and 1911

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San Saba TX - 1911 San Saba County Courthouse
The 1911 San Saba County Courthouse
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007

The Present San Saba County Courthouse
- San Saba, Texas

Date - 1911
Architect - Chamberlin & Co.
Material - Brick and sandstone
Location - US 190 and Live Oak St.

This 1911 is in the style known as Texas Renaissance. In fact, the Late Williard Robinson, called it the archetype of the style according to Courthouses of Texas by Mavis Kelsey and Donald H. Dyal.

Photographer's Note:
"The courthouse in San Saba is one of the few courthouses in Texas with a statement ("From the people to the people") carved over its entrances. The architect of this courthouse, Walter Chamberlain, also designed the Deaf Smith County courthouse in Hereford which was built in 1910." - Terry Jeanson


San Saba TX - San Saba County Courthouse historical marker
San Saba County Courthouse historical marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007

Historical Marker: 500 E. Wallace St., San Saba, Texas

San Saba County Courthouse

In 1856, the Texas Legislature created and organized San Saba County. A two-story frame courthouse (1857-1878) and later a stone courthouse (1878-1910) on this site served the county and provided space for public gatherings. In 1910, the City of San Saba incorporated, and county residents, spurred by news of a railroad connection, authorized a new courthouse. Alabama architect Walter Chamberlain designed this Classical Revival building, faced in pressed brick and rusticated sandstone. Completed by the time of the first train's arrival in August 1911, it serves as the seat of justice "from the people to the people."
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2004

San Saba County courthouse, San Saba, Texas old photo
San Saba County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT


San Saba County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007


"This memorial to the pioneer citizens of San Saba County sits on the northwest corner of the courthouse lawn."
- Terry Jeanson photo, 2007


San Saba County jail
The 1884 San Saba County jail
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey



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