Bell County

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Bell County is named for Peter Hansboro Bell, who was the third Governor of Texas.

 

Created:  March 15, 1891

County Seat: 

Belton  1891 – present

 

County Courthouse – Belton 

 

Location:  101 West Central Avenue / South Main Street

Built:  1883 – 1884

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Jasper N Preston & Sons

Contractor:  Ben D Lee

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story native limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front has a large portico with three stone arches on the first story and four columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story with pediment above. On the center of the roof is a large square dome rising to a smaller dome with clock and statue of Justice at the top. The corner sections of the building project from the main building and have small square cupolas. The courtroom is located on the south side of the second story. The Historic Courtroom is located on the first story.  In 1950, the building was renovated. The architect was Niggli & Gustafson of Austin and the contractor was Eitze-Kitchens Construction Company of Austin. In 1999, the building was further renovated. The architect was The Williams Company and the contractor was Baird Williams Construction Inc. of Temple.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a two room log cabin built by Thomas T Havens in 1851. The second courthouse was built by Simon Bramlet in 1858 and was torn down to make way for the present courthouse which was constructed at a cost of $64,965…The present and third courthouse has a statue of Peter H Bell located on the spacious grounds. In 1999, the dome that was removed in 1950, was restored on the top of the building.

 

County Justice Center – Belton 

 

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Location:  101 Huey Street / South Loop 121

Built:  2004 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wiginton Hooker Jeffry Architects of Dallas

Contractor:  Skanska USA Building, Inc. of Dallas

 

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story glass, natural stone, stucco and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the south west of the center of the city. At the center rises a three story glass and concrete tower with entrance on the first story. The roof line is flat. The west wing contains the District Court and the east wing containing the County Court At Law. The building has ten courtrooms. The architect was Wiginton Hooker Jeffry Architects of Dallas and the contractor was Skanska USA Building, Inc. An addition was constructed in 2010. 

 

Courthouses: 

N – Coryell County and McLennan County

E – Falls County and Milam County

S – Williamson County

W – Burnet County and Lampasas County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Statue of Peter Hansboro Bell

 

 

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Historic Courtroom

 

 

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County Justice Center

 

 

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Photos taken 2009, 2017 and 2019