Hill County Courthouse by Terence Russell

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It look a long time to get a great sky to outline this marvelous courthouse.

Hill County Courthouse – , Hill County, Texas
Texas Historic Marker #: 5217002481
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Hill County Courthouse – The fourth courthouse for Hill County (organized in 1853) and the third one located in Hillsboro, this impressive landmark replaced a brick court building erected in 1874. Contractors Lovell, Miller and Hood of Brownsville built this rusticated limestone structure in 1890. Waco architect W. C. Dodson, who designed a number of public buildings, planned the modified French Second Empire styling. The three-story courthouse is topped by a seven-story clock tower. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1964

Willie Nelson

On the night of Jan. 1, 1993, the Hill County Courthouse caught fire, and firefighters from more than 15 companies could not save it. The grand clock tower, the roof, and the third floor collapsed as onlookers cried. An important part of Hill County history went up in smoke. Only a shell of a building remained.

Hill County’s native son, Country & Western Superstar, Willie Nelson came to town and held an impromptu fundraising concert. As no time was devoted to promoting this concert, the funds raised fell far short of raising the funds needed to rebuild.

After the reconstruction was completed, a lady at the Chamber of Commerce requested permission from county commissioners to hold another fundraiser with Willie Nelson in downtown Hillsboro. The commissioners gave her the go ahead.

Better promotion increased ticket sales and Elm Street, east of the courthouse was barricaded off, a stage set up at the east end of the street, and several thousand folding chairs were set up in the street. Willie and several of his musician friends assisted in raising the funds to pay off the debt for rebuilding the courthouse.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Tokino 18-28 mm lens

Tripod, 3 images, processed in Photomatix Pro 3.2


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  • icesrun
    icesrunover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture and love the ominous clouds up there!!

  • I have been watching the sky. It was eerily overcast and had rained hard on us for most of the 60 mile trip from where we live to get to here, and then the blue sky peeked out just as I set up. I thought the jet contrail in the top right corner added a different element. Thanks, my friend.

    – Terence Russell

  • Carla Jensen
    Carla Jensenover 3 years ago

    Stunning image…Terence!!! I just love these beautifull old court house that are still standing in the town squares all over texas! well it looks like the wait was wroth it…Spectacular sky!! Amazing work as always, my friend!! Wtg =D

  • Thanks, Carla. I have photographed this building several times. I was getting desperate to get the right sky. I felt I finally got a winner, this time. ;)

    – Terence Russell

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture, with great clouds and light! I enjoyed the history, too!

  • Thanks, Kim. I thought the history surrounding this structure was fascinating. I remember hearing the news when it burned. It was wonderful that people from the community worked so hard to get it rebuilt.

    – Terence Russell

  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 3 years ago


  • Wow! Thank you, Virginia!!!!

    – Terence Russell

  • Herman Hodges
    Herman Hodgesover 3 years ago

    congrats on your feature

  • Thank you, my good friend!

    – Terence Russell

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 3 years ago

  • djphoto
    djphotoover 3 years ago

    LOVE THIS ! Excellent work and great history
    Very well deserving of features ☺

  • Jan Fijolek
    Jan Fijolekover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Terence, love colours!

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