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THROCKMORTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Throckmorton, Texas
Throckmorton County

by Terry Jeanson

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Throckmorton County has had two courthouses: 1879 and 1891, both in Throckmorton. (Williamsburg was the first county seat, but when the county was officially organized in 1879, the county seat was moved to Throckmorton and the first courthouse was built there.)
Throckmorton, Texas - Throckmorton County Courthouse
Throckmorton County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson March 2015

The Present Throckmorton County Courthouse
Throckmorton, Texas

Date - 1890
Architect - Martin, Byrnes and Johnston
Style - Italianate design
Material - Stone
Annex - Built 1938

The courthouse was restored with about $2.4 million provided through a grant from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program and approximately $2.8 million from the county. The courthouse was rededicated on March 12, 2015.
Throckmorton, Texas - Throckmorton County Courthouse  historical marker
Throckmorton County Courthouse historical marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2011
Historical Marker:

THROCKMORTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE

The Texas legislature created Throckmorton County - named for pioneer doctor William E. Throckmorton - in 1858, with organization delayed until 1879. F.E. Conrad donated land for the town square and built a frame courthouse on this site. The firm of Martin, Byrne and Johnston designed this 1890-93 courthouse built by J.L. DeWees and Jacob Rath. The two-story Italianate-style building features polychromatic walls of quarried sandstone, quoins, pilasters, horizontal bands, arched doors and windows and a Mansard roof with brackets, pediments and a square cupola. A matching annex was built in 1938.*

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2008
Marker is property of the state of Texas


*Note - During the 2014 restoration, the square cupola was replaced by a reconstruction of the original cupola and the west side annex was demolished.
Throckmorton, Texas - Throckmorton County Courthouse  old photo
Throckmorton County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Throckmorton, Texas - Throckmorton County Courthouse
South side entrance of the courthouse. This courthouse is practically a twin to the old Stonewall County courthouse which, although dilapidated and missing its cupola, still stands in the ghost town of Rayner.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2015
Throckmorton, Texas - Throckmorton County Courthouse cupola
The reconstructed cupola sporting the courthouse's original weather vane. The cupola was installed on June 12, 2014 but had to be removed briefly in August of 2014 to repair a gap between the cupola and its pedestal
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2015
Throckmorton, Texas - Throckmorton County Courthouse weathervane
The courthouse's original weather vane.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2015
Throckmorton, Texas - Throckmorton County Courthouse
The rear side of the courthouse, now restored.
The demolition of the annex has reopened the rear entrance which had been sealed up when the annex was built.

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2015
The rear (west side) showing the 1938 annex.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2011
Throckmorton  TX - Throckmorton County Courthouse cornerstone
Courthouse cornerstone
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2011
Throckmorton  TX - Throckmorton County Courthouse courtroom aster restiratuib
Throckmorton County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson
Throckmorton  TX - Throckmorton County Courthouse courtroom
Upstairs courtroom before the restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2011
Throckmorton  TX - Throckmorton County Courthouse
Standing at the south side entrance looking north after the restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2015
Throckmorton  TX - Throckmorton County Courthouse
Standing at the south side entrance looking north before the restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2011
1890 Throckmorton County Courthouse with original tower, Throckmorton, Texas old photo
"This photo of the 1890 Throckmorton County courthouse with its original tower is hanging on the wall inside the front entrance."
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006
Throckmorton County Courthouse, Throckmorton, Texas
Throckmorton County courthouse front entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006
Throckmorton County Courthouse, Throckmorton, Texas today
Throckmorton County Courthouse in 2002
Photo courtesy Jack Williams
Throckmorton County Courthouse, Throckmorton, Texas old photo
Another early view of the Throckmorton County Courthouse
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
Throckmorton County  Texas Centennial Marker
Throckmorton County Texas Centennial Marker on US 283 & Hwy 79
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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