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I, J. P. Loving, do hereby certify that the above photograph is a true picture of the first court house built in the
present town of Sherman, Texas, and that it was customary for Juries trying cases in said Court House to retire
to the shade of the old Pecan tree then standing on the public square to consider their verdict.

 Jesse P. Loving.  ---
The first courthouse, a few miles west of the current county seat, was built in 1847 for a cost of $232.00.

In 1848 Sherman was relocated and the Commissioners ordered the construction of a log cabin on the southeast corner of the square.

The 3rd courthouse was a two-story frame building on the north side of the square.

By 1853 the fourth (brick) courthouse was in service.

The courthouse built in 1859 fell into disuse in the 1870s


With the coming of the railroad to the area and the availability of better building materials, the 1876 courthouse was built - a two-story building with a tower supporting a cupola, which contained a clock and a bell.  The architect was Martin & Moodie and it was designed in the Italianate style.  

Photograph contributed by : Jerry O. Park

But this courthouse burned in 1830.

SHERMAN RIOT OF 1930, Burning of the courthouse
Newspaper Article about that day
Report from the Texas Rangers to the Texas Governor, May 13, 1930

Due to the Depression, it was six years before the current limestone courthouse was built. 

Grayson County Courthouses Historical Marker

Butterfield Overland Mail Route ~ Courthouse Lawn~ Sherman

Rededication of Restored Courtrooms   page 2,    page 3,    page 4

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