When you're alone and life is making you lonely ... you can always go - downtown

Terence Russell

Hillsboro, United States

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About as much downtown as you can see in Palo Pinto, Texas. This small strip of historic buildings is across the street from the Palo Pinto County Courthouse. By examining these buildings, you might get some idea at how small this town is, and being the county seat of a county which has one fairly large town, Mineral Wells, is definitely perplexing. It is actually possible to move a county seat in Texas, see Taylor and Blanco counties, for example.

Historic markers in front of the Courthouse:

Marker Title: Palo Pinto County
City: Palo Pinto
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Marker Location: 1.25 miles west of Palo Pinto on Highway 180.
Marker Text: Created August 27, 1856, from Navarro and Bosque counties; organized in 1857. Spanish name Palo Pinto refers to spotted oak, a common regional tree having bark with a mottled appearance. Good hunting and abundant water made area a favored indian locality. The first anglo american settlers arrived in 1850’s, including Texas cattlemen and trail-blazers Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving. The discovery, in 1880, of mineral water and arrival of Texas and Pacific railroad brought an influx of settlers and helped establish a strong economy. The county seat, first named Golconda in 1856, was renamed Palo Pinto in 1858. Erected by the State of Texas -1973

Courthouse of Palo Pinto County
Marker Title: Courthouse of Palo Pinto County
City: Palo Pinto
Year Marker Erected: 1986
Marker Location: Palo Pinto, Highway 180.
Marker Text: Palo Pinto County was created in 1856 and named for a Creek south of here that was perhaps named by Spanish explorers of the Brazos River Valley. The county seat of 320 acres was surveyed at its geographical center and was originally named Golconda. A court session in 1857 called for the first courthouse to be built of wood frame construction, with two doors and three windows. The contract was awarded to a bid of $300. Shortly after, in 1859, the town name was changed to Palo Pinto. In 1882, just after the Texas Legislature allowed counties to issue bonds for new courthouses, a large sandstone structure was built. It cost $35,000 and exhibited Second Empire styling with a central clock tower. A two story sandstone annex was added in 1906 and connected to the courthouse by an iron bridge. Sandstone for the buildings was quarried south of the city. In 1940 these buildings were demolished and a new courthouse was erected by Work Projects Administration workers. The reinforced-concrete structure featured subtle classical detail and was clad with some of the sandstone from the old buildings. It was completed in 1942 at a cost of $250,000. (1986)

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Canon 18-55mm lens
F-stop f/4.5
Exposure 1/60
ISO 100
Focus 23mm

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tripod, 3 RAW images +2 to -2, Photomatrix Pro 3.2


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