Waller County Courthouse - December 26, 2017

Head to Hempstead to see Waller County's 4th courthouse

The current 1955 Courthouse replaced the 1844 courthouse

The prior was torn down for a larger, "more attractive" brick 3-story building

A Waller County Veterans Memorial will be in place here next time I visit

Walk around to the east side as viewed from 8½ Street

Edwin Waller signed the TX Declar. of Independence & 1st Mayor of Austin

Walk around to the north side of the courthouse on Wilkins Street

Hempstead was a major CSA center for manufacturing & troop supply

Turn the corner on 9½ Street to view the marker on the northwest side

Small postal stations were phased out with advent of motor transportation

The center clock tower top has been preserved on a new structure

The clock and bell operated on top the new courthouse until 1971

Clock tower construction began in 1998, but halted for many years

Clock tower construction revived in 2008 and was completed in 2012