Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Then and Now: two Kerr County Courthouses

Recently I gave a presentation at the Schreiner Mansion, where I paired historic photographs with snaps I'd taken that day with my phone.  I did this because I realized most people haven't studied area photographs as I have, and so it's sometimes confusing to know where an historic photo was taken.  So I took a copy of each historic photograph with me, and tried to find the exact spot where the old photograph was taken -- and then I took a photo with my cellphone.   Over the next few Wednesdays, I'll publish the results here.  Please feel free to share these with your friends.

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Two separate Kerr County Courthouses, taken in the mid-1890s.
This photograph was found by Lanza Teague.
The smaller building (behind man) is the 2nd Kerr County Courthouse, built in 1876;
the larger is the 3rd Kerr County Courthouse, built in 1886.
The stones from each were used in many projects in Kerrville, including
the stone fence in front of Schreiner University.
The site today.  The two old courthouses were closer to Main Street
than is the current courthouse.

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