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Marion County Courthouse Historical Marker

 

Location of sign - 102 W Austin Street, Jefferson Texas

 

Photo taken- April 2008

 

Marion County Court House

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne

 

Text of sign:

 

Marion County Courthouse

 

The Texas Legislature created Marion County in 1860.  Jefferson established as early as 1841, was chosen as county seat.  By 

1860, Jefferson was a regional economic center for steamboat traffic on Big Cyprus Bayou  navigable due to a logjam on the 

Red River.

 

The county government occupied several buildings during its first 50 years, including a courthouse built in 1873 and the Murphy

Building, used today as a courthouse annex.  In 1912, the county hired architect Elmer G. Withers to design a courthouse similar

to his design for the Roberts County Courthouse.  This classical revival building features doric columns, balustered parapet, 

denticulation and raised basement.

 

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark 2002

 

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