Atascosa County

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Atascosa

Atascosa County is named for the Atascosa River which in Spanish means “boggy”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bexar County and Wilson County

E – Karnes County and Live Oak County 

S – McMullen County

W – Frio County and Medina County

 

Created:  February 2, 1856                    Map of Texas highlighting Atascosa County

County Seat: 

Navatasco   1856 – 1858

Pleasanton  1858 – 1911

Jourdanton   1911 – present

 

County Courthouse – Jourdanton

 

Location:  Courthouse Circle / Main Street

Built:  1911 – 1912

Style:  Mission Revival

Architect:  Henry Truman Phelps of San Antonio

Contractor:  Gordon-Jones Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story brown colored brick structure. The building is located on the Courthouse Circle in the center of Jourdanton. The south front has a projecting center section with arched entrance on the first story and arched porch extending east and west to large square towers with open belvedere. The square towers on each corner rise three stories. On the center of the roof is a square cupola. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the State District Court and Constitutional County Court. The building was renovated in 1976. The architect was Johnson & Dempsey & Associates Inc. and the contractor was James W Cude. The building was renovated in 2003. The architect was Fisher Heck Architects of San Antonio and the contractor was Browning Construction Company.

 

See:  The architect Henry Truman Phelps of San Antonio, Texas

 

County Justice Center – Jourdanton

 

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Location:  Courthouse Circle / Main Street

Built:  2016 – 2018

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thorngraves Architects of Jourdanton

Contractor:  The Koehler Company of Seguin

 

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red-brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds on the north side Courthouse Circle in the center of  Jourdanton. The south front has a recessed center section with a projecting first story with glass entrance. On the east and west sides are one story sections. The District Court courtroom and the County Court courtroom are located on the north side of the entrance lobby on the first story. The building houses the State District Court and Constitutional County Court.

 

History:  The county was created in 1856 and Navatasco was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log cabin erected in 1856. In 1858, the county seat was moved to Pleasanton and the second courthouse was a frame structure built the same year. The third courthouse was another frame structure built in 1868. The fourth courthouse was a two story red rock structure designed by J C Breeding & Sons and constructed by Oscar Crawford Company in 1885. In 1911, the county seat was moved to Jourdanton. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1911 to 1912 at a cost of $65,000. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2016 to 2018.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Jourdanton

 

 

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County Justice Center – Jourdanton

 

 

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Old County Jail – Jourdanton

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2019