Bell County Courthouse - July 27th, 2019

Visit the 1884 Bell County Courthouse in Belton, TX

The county's 3rd courthouse building all upon this same site

Arched passageways, pedimented windows & rusticated limestone finish

Renaissance Revival style was truly a magnificent structure in 1884

Centennial pink granite replaced by limestone historical medallion

Original bell tower removed in the 1950s and replaced in 1999

Confederate soldier is solemnly excited that the bell tower was replaced

Erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1910

Gov. Sam Houston warned Texans against seceding from the Union here

West side view from Main Street or Texas Hwy 317

The Chisolm Trail went from Brownsville, thru Belton and Denton, TX

Southwest view of courthouse from Main @ Water Streets

Tree planted to honor creating the county 150 years earlier

19 year old west side oak continues to grow bigger and taller

The extravagant 2nd courthouse prevented all commissioners reelection

The 3rd courthouse was much more reserved than its predecessor!

County named for Col. Peter Bell, CSA, also fought in Mexican War & San Jac

Also was a TX Ranger, Congressional Representative & Governor

South view of courthouse from Water Street with handicap ramp

South and North sides appear identical, other than the ramp

Militia roll call of men with rank from Company I memorialized

Placed at the southeast corner of the courthouse at Water & East Streets

Company I was mobilized in 1940 & fought in the Mediterranean campaigns

East side of the courthouse from . . . East Street!

The arched entryways are tighter on the east & west sides

Monument to God and veterans on the bicentennial of US independence

Cornerstone laid in 1884 with fantastic typeset fonts!

No word if these commissioners were re-elected or not