Henderson County

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Henderson

Henderson County is named for James Pinckney Henderson, who was the first governor of Texas from 1846 to 1847.

 

Created:  April 26, 1846

County Seat: 

Athens  1846 – present

 

County Courthouse – Athens  

 

Location:  100 East Tyler Street / Palestine Street

Built:  1913 – 1914

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  L L Thurmon & Company of Dallas

Contractor:  L R Wright & Company of Dallas

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story dark red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building has wings that project at angles. On the south front and each side are large porticoes supported by four high columns with pediment above at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a round black colored dome. The courtroom is located on the second story.The building was renovated in 1986. The architect was Charles F Potter Jr. and the contractor was Athens Steel Building Corporation.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built by John Loop in 1850 and burned in 1855. The second courthouse was a two story frame structure built by William Warenskjold in 1861. The third courthouse was constructed by C H Hawn & Company in 1887. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $175,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Kaufman County and Van Zandt County

E – Smith County and Cherokee County

S – Anderson County

W – Navarro County and Ellis County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2010 and 2019