Bowie County

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Bowie County is named for James Bowie, who was a legendary knife fighter and who died at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.

 

Created:  December 17, 1840

County Seat: 

DeKalb           1840 – 1841

Old Boston     1841 – 1887

Texarkana      1887 – 1891

Boston            1891 – 1985

New Boston    1985 – present

 

County Courthouse – New Boston

 

Location:  710 James Bowie Drive / Sam Houston Street

Built:  1984 – 1985

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thomas-Emberton Associates Inc. of Texarkana

Contractor:  T A Pritchard Company.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front has large columns supporting an overhanging roof. The central entrance is recessed with glass walls entering into a large lobby with staircase. The windows are horizontal. The columns continue along the east and west sides of the building. The roof line is flat. The interior has a large staircase ascending to the courtrooms along the second story.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a brick structure built in New Boston in 1841. The second courthouse was built in Texarkana in 1887. The courthouse burned on January 21, 1889. The third courthouse was designed by Sonnefield & Emmins and constructed in Boston in 1889 to 1891. The building was destroyed by arson in 1989. The old jail still stands on Court House Square.

 

Old Jail – Boston

 

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Location:  South Merrill Street / West Walters Boulevard

Built:  1890 – 1891

Style:  Jail

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on the old courthouse square.The building is the remaining structure when the old courthouse burned in 1989.

 

Other Courthouses

 

Texarkana  ( Sixth Court of Appeals )

 

Courthouses: 

N – McCurtain County, Oklahoma and Little River County, Arkansas

E – Miller County, Arkansas

S – Cass County and Morris County

W – Red River County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse – New Boston

 

 

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Statue of James Bowie

 

 

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Picture 1891 Courthouse

 

 

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Old Jail – Boston

 

 

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Photos taken 2010, 2017 and 2019