008 of 254 Coryell County Courthouse, Gatesville, Texas. County Population: 75,388
Coryell County, named for James Coryell, an early explorer of the region, was organized in 1854. Gatesville, the county seat, grew up around Fort Gates, established in 1849 to protect settlers from marauding Indians.
Land for a courthouse square was acquired and a one-story framed structure
was constructed in 1865 on a corner presently occupied by a city filling
station. In 1872, a two-story structure of native white limestone was erected on this property and served as a focus of county business for the next twenty five years.
"On May 15, 1897, architect W.C. Dodson was commissioned to draw plans and specifications for a third courthouse at a contract price of three and half
percent of the total building cost. The only stipulations imposed on the architect were that the building have a cupola on top with a Seth Thomas Clock and a bell of not less than 800 pounds, and that the building be roofed in metal with the dome on the cupola in clad copper. In addition, there were to be dual statues of Liberty and Justice at the north and south entrances."
From the National Register narrative
I visited Coryell County and photographed the courthouse on Thursday, May 14, 2009 and again on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.