Austin County

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Austin County is named for Stephen F Austin, who was the person who facilitated the Anglo American colonization of Texas.


Created:  March 17, 1836

County Seat: 

Bellville  1837 – present


County Courthouse – Bellville 


Location:  1 East Main Street / Holland Street

Built:  1960 – 1962

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wyatt C Hedrick of Fort Worth

Contractor:  Krebs Construction, Inc. of Houston


Description:  The building faces west  and is a three story square concrete, granite and glass structure.  The building is located in the center of the Public Square in the center of the city. The first story is glass with narrow metal dividers. The second and third stories are faced with white colored stone and have no windows. There is a clock on the east and west sides of the building. A black stone wall extends on the north and south sides.


See:  The architect, Wyatt C Hedrick of Fort Worth also designed courthouses in Brazoria CountyCoke CountyComanche County, Kaufman County, Kent County, Motley County and Yoakum County.


Note:  The first courthouse was a one story wood frame structure built by Benjamin L Clark in 1848. The second courthouse was a one story frame structure built by Sam Shelburne in 1850. The third courthouse was built by Philip M Cuny in 1855. The fourth courthouse was designed by Eugene Thomas Heiner and constructed by Henry Kane of Gonzales in 1887 at a cost of $37,500. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $511,000.


Note:  To the south of the courthouse is the old County Jail constructed in 1896 by Pauly Jail Building Company at a cost of $19,970.. The building is now a museum.



N – Washington County

E – Waller County and Fort Bend

S – Wharton County

W – Colorado County and Fayette County





County Courthouse






















Commissioner Minures




Old County Jail










Photos taken 2006 and 2014