Leaving Dallas in the afternoon, I spent an hour in slow, bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-35E and I-30 before finally breaking free at the Rockwall County line. On my way east on I-10 I passed the new Rockwall County courthouse. It is certainly a distinctive landmark on the north side of the interstate highway.
North and east I drove to Hunt County, number 188 on my list. I arrived in Greenville, the county seat, as the temperature reached 102 degrees. Parking in the shade of a building on Johnson Street, I took a deep breath of cool air, opened the car door and stepped out into the oven, otherwise known as Texas in August.
The Hunt County courthouse dates from 1928 and was designed by the Page Brothers Architects of Austin. It occupies most of the courthouse square in downtown Greenville. The building is in fair condition. The grand exterior stairs on the south and north sides of the building no longer lead to entrances. For security purposes, the entrance is now on the ground level, under the south stairs. The courthouse interior is worn, but serviceable.
This is one of the more elaborate courthouse squares I've found in Texas. Especially for a relatively small town (about 15,000 population). The courthouse occupies the northeast corner of the square and aligns its southwest entrance with a diagonal axis of the square. The photograph below is a view from the southwest of the square and the courthouse in the background. A fountain provides a cool playground for children on a hot August afternoon.
On Saturday morning I spent some more time in the courthouse square and even found a local railroad, the Blacklands Railroad, to photograph. (That made my day.)
Sunday morning I was on the road again. My first stop was Decatur, seat of Wise County. I'd first visited Decatur in June 2010. It's a pretty little town with an 1896 James Riely Gordon courthouse in the center of the town square. I'd wanted to re-photograph this historic courthouse and this was my opportunity.