Hill County

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Hill County is named for George Washington Hill, who was a secretary of war of the navy under the Republic of Texas, a surgeon and an early settler in the area.

 

Created:  February 7, 1853

County Seat: 

Hillsboro  1853 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hillsboro 

 

Location:  81 North Waco Street / Franklin Street

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  French Second Empire

Architect:  Wesley Clark Dodson of Waco

Contractor:  Lovell, Miller & Hood of Brownsville

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story native limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south front center section projects from the building with four stone columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story supporting a peaked overhang. The east and west sections extend from the main building and have gray mansard roofs. On the center of the roof rises a square clock tower with mansard roof. The architect was and the contractor was. After a fire on January 1, 1993, the building was reconstructed in 1993. The architect was Craig Melde, Larry Irsir and Garry Skotnicki of Arc/Texas of Dallas and the contractor was Bryan Construction Co. and R I King Construction.

 

See:  The architect,  Wesley Clark Dodson of Waco, also designed the courthouses in  Coryell County, Denton County, Fannin CountyHood County, Lampasas County and Parker County.

 

See:  The contractor, Tom Lovell of Denton, also constructed courthouses in Brazonia CountyBrewster CountyCoryell County,Denton CountyHamilton CountyHardeman CountyMcLennan County and Runnels County.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built of elm poles around a dirt floor by C N Brooks in 1853. The second courthouse was built in 1854 at a cost of $200. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1890 at a cost of $83,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Johnson County

E – Ellis County and Navarro County

S – Limestone County and McLennan County

W – Bosque County 

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2014