Junction, TX Kimble County Courthouse Fire, Jun 1888

Kimble County Courthouse before the fire

FROM KERRVILLE.

Kimble County Court-House Burned to the Ground

KERRVILLE, Kerr Co., June 3. -- Word just received from Junction City in Kimble County, says that their court-house burned down Saturday morning. Nothing definite is known as to the origin of the fire.  They records were saved and the house was not covered by insurance.  The courthouse was built in the fall of 1885 and cost $18,000 including furniture.

 San Antonio Daily Express, San Antonio, TX 5 Jun 1888

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A Fire at Junction City.

KERRVILLE, TEX., June 4 -- The courthouse in Junction City, Kimble county, burned down last Saturday. Part of the records were saved. The origin of the fire is not yet known.

Galveston Daily News, Galveston, TX 5 Jun 1888

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The second Kimble County Courthouse was built in 1885 at a cost of 14,500 with Alfred Giles as the architect and J. M. Piper as the building's contractor.  This two-story stone building was gutted by fire in the early morning hours of June 2, 1888; however the walls were left standing and building was repaired. The county's record's were protected in a fireproof safe, and were not destroyed. Some were damaged and had to be recopied.  This building would serve the county until 1929, when the State Building Inspector observed that "the building has settled irregularly, causing cracks in many places from the bottom to the top of the walls. The walls at the joist on the second floor are cracking from vibration.  In the present condition... if there should be much vibration or a heavy wet snow, this roof would be liable to collapse."
"The Kimble County Courthouse" by Frederica Burt Wyatt. Kimble County Courthouse Historical Marker Application, 2000

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