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BAYLOR COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Seymour, Texas

Baylor County has had 2 courthouses: 1884 and 1968
Current Baylor County Courthouse, Seymour Texas
The current 1968 Baylor County courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2012

The Present Baylor County Courthouse
Seymour, Texas

Date - 1968
Architect - Pierce, Norris & Pace
Style - Modern

The present building stands on the site of the 1884 building.

The 1884 Baylor County Courthouse
Seymour, Texas

"The 1884 Baylor County courthouse was designed in an Italianate style by Dallas architect James E. Flanders. It was built with rough and dressed gray sandstone by the contracting firm of Ferrier Brothers & Wirz, who where the architects of the 1888 Knox County courthouse. It's original tower makes its appearance similar to the courthouses that Flanders designed for Jack and Shackelford counties." - Terry Jeanson
1884 Baylor County Courthouse, Seymour Texas
"Seymour Court House in 1910"
Photo of the 1884 courthouse on display inside the current courthouse, showing its original tower.

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March, 2012
1884 Baylor County Courthouse, Seymour Texas
The 1884 Baylor County Courthouse
Postcard courtesy Lauren Bush,
City of Seymour Economic Development
1884 Baylor County Courthouse, Seymour Texas
The 1884 Baylor County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
1884 Baylor County Courthouse drawing, Seymour Texas
"A drawing of the 1884 Baylor County courthouse hanging in the county clerk's office of the current courthouse. The dome was added after the original clock tower was removed." - Terry Jeanson, April 2006 photo
1884 date stone of Baylor County Courthouse, Seymour Texas
"One of the surviving remnants of the 1884 Baylor County courthouse on the grounds of the current courthouse." - Terry Jeanson, April 2006 photo
1884 Baylor County Courthouse cornerstone, Seymour Texas
The cornerstone from the 1884 courthouse at the west side entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2012
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Baylor County Centennial Marker
Reset on Courthouse Lawn

TX - Baylor County Centennial Marker
Baylor County Centennial Marker on courthouse lawn
Photo courtesy Darlene Pittillo, May 2014
TX - Baylor County Centennial Marker
Baylor County Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Darlene Pittillo, May 2014
TX - Baylor County Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Darlene Pittillo, May 2014
Barclay Gibson Does More Than Centennials*

Darlene Pittillo wrote to TE in January asking what had happened to the pink granite and bronze county "tablet" marker that had once been at an intersection northeast of Seymour. A message went out to Marker Master Barclay Gibson who made a few phone calls from his undisclosed location and got the story. Mr. Gibson found out that the marker had been hit in an automobile accident and county officials decided it would be safer if it was relocated to the courthouse lawn. In thanks, Ms. Pittillo told Mr. Gibson she would photograph the new installation the next time she was in Seymour. And she did just that.

In Mr. Gibson's words: "She followed through and sent me some very nice pictures of the marker in its new setting. It is a very nice, safe place. Good work, Baylor County."

And good work, Barclay. Our thanks to Darlene Pittillo for the crisp photos of the marker.

*Barclay Gibson has tracked down nearly all of the 1,100 1936 Texas Centennial Markers across the state, fording streams, jumping fences and coordinating with landowners to obtain permission to visit to some of the most difficult-to-reach markers.
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