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Hill County

Hill County is named for George Washington Hill, who was a secretary of war of the navy under the Republic of Texas, a surgeon and an early settler in the area.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Johnson County

E – Ellis County and Navarro County

S – Limestone County and McLennan County

W – Bosque County 

 

Created:  February 7, 1853                    Map of Texas highlighting Hill County

County Seat: 

Hillsboro  1853 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hillsboro 

 

Location:  81 North Waco Street / Franklin Street

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  French Second Empire

Architect:  Wesley Clark Dodson of Waco

Contractor:  Lovell, Miller & Hood of Brownsville

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story native limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hillsboro. The south front center section projects from the building with four stone columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story supporting a peaked overhang. The east and west sections extend from the main building and have gray mansard roofs. On the center of the roof rises a square clock tower with mansard roof. In the interior, the first story has cross hallways dividing the floor into quarters. The second story has the large District Court courtroom which extends into the third story with a balcony. The room has long narrow windows. After a fire on January 1, 1993, the building was reconstructed in 1993. The architect was Craig Melde, Larry Irsir and Garry Skotnicki of Arch/Texas of Dallas. and the contractor was Bryan Construction Co. and R I King Construction.

 

See:  The architect,  Wesley Clark Dodson of Waco, also designed the courthouses in  Coryell County, Denton County, Fannin CountyHood County, Lampasas County and Parker County.

 

See:  The contractor, Tom Lovell of Denton, also constructed courthouses in Brazonia CountyBrewster CountyCoryell County,Denton CountyHamilton CountyHardeman CountyMcLennan County and Runnels County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1853 and Hillsboro was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built of elm poles around a dirt floor by C N Brooks in 1853. The second courthouse was built in 1854 at a cost of $200. The third courthouse was a brick structure built in 1874.The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1889 to 1890 at a cost of $83,000.

 

 

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Photos taken 2009, 2014 and 2019