Hood County

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Hood

Hood County is named for John Bell Hood, who was a Lieutenant General in the Confederate Army.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Palo Pinto County and Parker County

E – Johnson County

S – Somervell County

W – Erath County

 

Created:  November 3, 1865                  Map of Texas highlighting Hood County

County Seat: 

Granbury  1866 – present

 

County Courthouse – Granbury  

 

Location:  100 East Pearl Street / North Crockett Street

Built:  1890 – 1891

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  Wesley Clark Dodson of Waco

Contractor:  Moodie & Ellis

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored Brazos limestone structure. The building is located on the Courthouse Square in the center of Granbury. The building was constructed with Brazos limestone. The south front has a protruding section with arched doorway above which are two narrow vertical windows and topped by a peak. On the east and west are two square stone towers with small arched windows. On the center of the building is a large square black colored tower with clock at the top. In the interior is a large courtroom with high ceiling. The building houses the County Justice Court. In 1998 to 2000 the exterior of the building was restored. The architect was Burns Fletcher Gill and Arthur Weiman and the contractor was Frank W Neal & Associates. In 2009 to 2011, the building was restored. The architect was HRD Architecture and the contractor was J C Stoddard Construction.

 

See:  The architect,  Wesley Clark Dodson of Waco, also designed the courthouses in Coryell CountyDenton County, Fannin CountyHill CountyLampasas County and Parker County.

 

County Justice Center – Granbury  

 

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Location:  1200 East Pearl Street / North Park Street

Built:  2004 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Callahan & Freeman Architects of Fort Worth

Contractor:  Seldaco Construction Services of Fort Worth

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a one story buff colored brick and cement pre-fab structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Granbury to the south of the courthouse. The center of the southeast front rises two stories with pillars on the first story and recessed entrance. On either side of the center section are two columns rising to wide projection. The windows are horizontal and the roof line is hipped. The building houses the State District Court, Constitutional County Court, County Court at Law and County Justice Court.  The exterior and interior precast concrete walls were produced by Speed Fab-Crete.

 

History:  The county was created in 1865 and Granbury was selected as the county seat in 1866. The first courthouse was a log cabin built in 1867. The second courthouse was a two story stone structure built in 1871 at a cost of $10,000. The courthouse burned in 1875. The third courthouse was a stone structure built in 1875. The building was demolished in 1890 when the fourth and present courthouse was constructed. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2004 to 2006 at a cost of $10,000,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Granbury

 

 

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Old County Jailhouse – Granbury

 

 

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County Justice Center – Granbury

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2014 and 2017