Blanco County

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Blanco

Blanco County is named for the Spanish word “blanco” meaning “white”.

 

Created:  February 12,1858

County Seat: 

Blanco            1858 – 1890

Johnson City  1890 – present

 

County Courthouse – Johnson City

 

Location:  101 East Pecan Drive / North Nugent Avenue

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Henry Truman Phelps of San Antonio

Contractor:  James Waterston

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story course buff colored limestone  and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south front has a projecting center section with four large columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. The roof is red colored tile. On the center of the roof is a tiered square cupola with domed red colored roof. An addition was added in 1983.

 

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

 

Old County Courthouse – Blanco

 

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Location:  300 Main Street / 3rd Street

Built:  1885 – 1886

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  Frederick Ernst Ruffini

Contractor:  Phil P Cage and C P Boon

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Description:  The building faces north and is a two story course buff colored limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. On the north front, the center section projects slightly and has a stone framed entrance on the first story. The east and west wings are recessed. The windows are arch and the building has a black colored mansard roof.  The building has been designated as an historical site.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a frame structure built in Blanco in 1860 at a cost of $600. The building burned in 1876 and the second courthouse was constructed in 1885. The county seat was moved to Johnston City and the third courthouse was constructed in 1916 at a cost of $34,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Llano County and Burnet County

E – Travis County, Hays County and Comal County

S – Kendall County

W – Gillespie County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Blanco

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2017