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Falls County

Falls County is named for the waterfalls on the Brazos River.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – McLennan County

E – Limestone County

S – Robertson County and Milam County

W – Bell County

 

Created:  January 28, 1850                    Map of Texas highlighting Falls County

County Seat: 

Marlin  1850 – present

 

County Courthouse – Marlin 

 

Location:  125 Bridge Street / Craik Street

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Arthur E Thomas of Dallas

Contractor:  Hill & Combs of San Antonio.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored Austin shellstone brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Marlin. The building has a raised basement. The south front has a three story entrance tower rising above the roof line with glass paneled entrance on the first story. A horizontal belt runs above the basement level. The building contains pink colored Texas granite. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the entrance vestibule has dual staircases rising to the second story and single staircase rising the third story. The courtroom is located on west side of the third story. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Justice Court. The building was a Public Works Administration project. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1850 and Marlin was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log cabin built in Marlin in 1851. The second courthouse was built in 1855. The third courthouse was a Greek Revival two story brick structure built in 1878. The fourth courthouse was a Second Empire style structure designed by Eugene Thomas Hiener and constructed by A Baumbach in 1888. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $223,215.

 

 

County Courthouse – Marlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornerstone 1888 County Courthouse

 

 

 

 

Bell 1888 County Courthouse

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2014 and 2019