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Wise County Courthouse in Decatur, TX

Wise County Courthouse in Decatur, TX where I lived for a year when I was in the third grade. The present Courthouse, located in the middle of the square, was constructed at a cost of $110,000.00, which was thought by many to be excessive, and the officials were not reelected the next time. The architect, J. Riley Gordon, of San Antonio, collected a fee of 5% of the construction cost. Bonds amounting to $110,000 were issued on May 16, 1895. The stone was precut and each piece numbered, then shipped from Burnet County, Texas. The stones were raised by a windlass pulled by donkeys walking in a circle drawing the rope tight. The building, completed in 1896, is of pink granite with interior of Vermont marble, and has been pronounced architecturally perfect. Bids for the Courthouse clock were opened May 14,1896,, and was purchased from E. Howard & Company, described thus: "No. 1, Hour Strike Tower Clock, $952.00; with bell for same, 2,000 lbs., $388.00, total cost $1,340.00." For info about Decatur, Texas see: www.decaturtx.org/ .

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Taken on October 30, 2006