Tom Green County Courthouse
Backstory and Context
The first county courthouse, an adobe-like building, was constructed in the town of Ben Ficklin in 1876. A flood destroyed it in 1882, which prompted the construction of the second courthouse. This one, a Greek Revival structure made of stone, was more substantial. It was two-stories tall and featured a cylindrical tower on the roof. However, in August 1882, a flood destroyed Ben Ficklin and the county seat was moved to San Angelo. There, the third courthouse was built in 1885. It was a three-story structure designed in the Second Empire style. It served as the seat of county government until 1927 when it was demolished as the current courthouse was being built.
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Michael Barera, via Wikimedia Commons: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Green_County_Courthouse#/media/File:San_Angelo_September_2019_11_(Tom_Green_County_Courthouse).jpg