Junction, TX Kimble County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1884

Junction City., April 22 -- This morning about 3 o'clock the courthouse in the town of Junction City was discovered to be wrapped in flames.  The alarm sounded throughout the town, and all turned out to the scene of the destruction, but it was too late to do anything in the way of preserving any of the records.  The fire seemed to originate in the east part of the building in the clerk's office.  The fire is supposed to be the work of an incendiary, but there is no clew [sic] as to who it can be.  There are several cases on the criminal docket of the district court, and a good deal of litigation in land matters, it is thought that some parties had touched the match, but as yet there seems to be no clew [sic] or even anything that looks probable to the discovery.  The losses and damages to the county are estimated at from $15,000 to $20,000, no insurance.

Fort Worth Gazette, Fort Worth, TX 27 Apr 1884

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Fire at Junction City

[Special to the News]

JUNCTION CITY, APRIL 25. -- The court-house with all papers and records in the clerk's and sheriff's offices was destroyed Tuesday morning before day be fire, supposed to be the work on an incendiary.  Fortunately the wind had ceased blowing or the whole town might have been burned.  The fire was discovered by Mr. Lawler, who gave the alarm  The fire was small but there was no water handy, nothing could be done until it was too late.  In a few moments the flames shot forth from the top like a volcano  It will require several thousand dollars to repair the damages.

Galveston Daily News, Galveston, TX 26 Apr 1884

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