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Houston County

Houston County is named for Sam Houston, who was the second and fourth president of the Republic of Texas and the seventh governor of Texas.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Anderson County

E – Cherokee County and Angelina County

S – Trinity County and Walker County

W – Madison County and Leon County

 

Created:  June 12, 1837                         Map of Texas highlighting Houston County

County Seat: 

Crockett  1837 – present

 

County Courthouse – Crockett

 

Location:  401 East Houston Avenue / North 4th Street

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Blum E Hester

Contractor:  Eckert-Fair Construction Company of Dallas

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a five story brick, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of Crockett. The building has a raised basement and has Egyptian-inspired details. The entrance is shaped like an ancient pylon and the building features a decorative frieze at the top all around. The west front has a center section with large window rising three stories and the section rises higher than the wings and has a clock. The north and south wing sections project from the main building. The roof line is flat. In the interior is Art Deco ornamentation. The courtroom is located on the second story.The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court and County Court at Law. The building was a Work Projects Administration project. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1837 and Crockett was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log structure designed by John Jacob Erwin and constructed by John Ervin in 1838 which served as a fortress during Indian attacks. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1851. The third courthouse was a wood structure built by J H Burnet in 1869. The fourth courthouse was designed by Wesley Clark Dobson and constructed by O Peterson in 1883. The building was torn down to allow for the construction of the present courthouse. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $200,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Crockett 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2014 and 2017