112 of 254: San Augustine County Courthouse, San Augustine, Texas. County Population: 8,865
I visited San Augustine County and photographed the courthouse in San Augustine on August 21, 2011.
"In 1833 William McFarland became alcalde [for the Ayish Bayou District] and citizens began to contemplate constructing a centrally located town. A committee of fifteen men chose the banks of the Ayish Bayou and then purchased the land from Edmund Quirk.
"Thomas S. McFarland was appointed to survey their purchase and plat 356 lots on forty-eight city blocks in a grid pattern, perhaps the first time that such a method was used in Texas. The streets were forty feet wide, and squares were reserved for the school, churches, municipal buildings, a market, and the jail.
"The following year, under alcalde Charles Stanfield Taylor, the municipality of San Augustine was established by Mexican law. The name was chosen by Mexican officials, supposedly to honor St. Augustine of Hippo.
"With the close of hostilities, Texans began establishing a government for the new Republic of Texas. San Augustine County was one of the first counties to be formed. In 1837 settlers chose county officials ..."
Vista K. McCroskey, "SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online
The San Augustine County courthouse is one of my personal favorites. It was rededicated on November 20, 2010 after a restoration that "included restoring the original green tile roof and replacing the aluminum windows with wood casement windows, painted green to match the roof. The building's Leuders limestone exterior was cleaned and patched. All mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire-protection systems were replaced to meet modern standards." From the THC website