2014 Recap

As of today, August 27th, my sophomore year in high school has been in session for one week. It’s been exactly two weeks since I returned home from my trip to South Texas. Two weeks since I visited Frio Town & Bigfoot.

My goal’d been to write this before the 20th, but with all my preparations for tenth grade, courthouses were in the back of my mind. But in a moment that I have some coveted down time, I figure I’ll recap the summer.

I became aware after my switch from iPhone to actual camera back in June, that I was able to get more out of courthouses if I captured them in the proper conditions. Looking back through my pictures, I’m clearly able to see which are good and which are not. More often than not, the poorer of my photos come from the fall/winter seasons. Just see pages like Rockwall County and Haskell County for confirmation. I made it a goal after June that I’d stick with spring/summer to properly photograph courthouses.

Because of this pledge, there is little reason to believe I’ll take any actual courthouse trip until April 2015. Here and there, throughout the fall and winter of 2014, I may get a redo or two, but who knows?

I say all of this so that I am able to back up the claim that the summer recap list posted here is most likely the same recap list I’d post come New Years’ Eve. As I’ve said, the prospects of adding any more courthouses to my list in 2014 are not likely.

So, here’s the list. To the best of my knowledge, it’s finalized.

2014 Courthouse Season (May 2 – August 13)

New Courthouses:

144. Madison County – Madisonville

145. Robertson County – Franklin

146. Johnson County – Cleburne (finally!)

147. Knox County – Benjamin

148. Foard County – Crowell

149. Gray County – Pampa

150. Carson County – Panhandle

151. Hutchinson County – Stinnett

152. Sherman County – Stratford

153. Hansford County – Spearman

154. Ochiltree County – Perryton

155. Lipscomb County – Lipscomb 

156. Hemphill County – Canadian

157. Roberts County – Miami

158. Wheeler County – Wheeler

159. Collingsworth County – Wellington

160. Motley County – Matador

161. Cottle County – Paducah

162. King County – Guthrie

163. Burleson County – Caldwell

164. Wharton County – Wharton

165. Matagorda County – Bay City

166. Brazoria County – Angleton

167. Chambers County – Anahuac

168. Liberty County – Liberty

169. Polk County – Livingston

170. San Jacinto County – Coldspring

171. Trinity County – Groveton

172. Red River County – Clarksville

173. Bowie County – New Boston

174. Cass County – Linden

175. Marion County – Jefferson

176. Harrison County – Marshall

177. Panola County – Carthage

178. Shelby County – Center

179. Rusk County – Henderson

180. Gregg County – Longview

181. Upshur County – Gilmer

182. Morris County – Daingerfield

183. Camp County – Pittsburg

184. Titus County – Mount Pleasant

185. Franklin County – Mount Vernon

186. Medina County – Hondo

187. Uvalde County – Uvalde

188. Maverick County – Eagle Pass

189. Zavala County – Crystal City 

190. Dimmit County – Carrizo Springs

191. Webb County – Laredo

192. Zapata County – Zapata

193. Starr County – Rio Grande City 

194. Hidalgo County – Edinburg 

195. Brooks County – Falfurrias

196. Jim Hogg County – Hebbronville

197. Duval County – San Diego

198. McMullen County – Tilden

199. La Salle County – Cotulla

200. Frio County – Pearsall 

That’s fifty-seven courthouses in all. The total is less than it was for 2013, but in 2013, I still wasn’t taking enough pictures. I’ve grown this project since then. This year’s total is the fullest, if you ask me.

I’ve had to go back to many courthouses to take the proper pictures. In addition to visiting new counties, I revisited several over the season’s course as well.

Redos:

1. Harris County – Houston

2. Waller County – Hempstead

3. Brazos County – Bryan

4. Falls County – Marlin

5. Parker County – Weatherford

6. Wise County – Decatur

7. Montague County – Montague

8. Clay County – Henrietta

9. Wichita County – Wichita Falls

10. Archer County – Archer City

11. Young County – Graham

12. Jack County – Jacksboro

13. Hardeman County – Quanah

14. Childress County – Childress

15. Hall County – Memphis

16. Potter County – Amarillo

17. Ellis County – Waxahachie

18. Hill County – Hillsboro

19. Limestone County – Groesbeck

20. McLennan County – Waco

21. Milam County – Cameron

22. Lee County – Giddings

23. Fayette County – La Grange

24. Colorado County – Columbus

25. Galveston County – Galveston

26. Cameron County – Brownsville

27. Willacy County – Raymondville

28. Kenedy County – Sarita

29. Kleberg County – Kingsville

30. Jim Wells County – Alice

31. Live Oak County – George West

32. Collin County – McKinney

33. Denton County – Denton

34. Cooke County – Gainesville

35. Grayson County – Sherman

36. Fannin County – Bonham

37. Lamar County – Paris

38. Lampasas County – Lampasas

39. Burnet County – Burnet

40. Blanco County – Johnson City & retired courthouse in Blanco

41. Atascosa County – Jourdanton

There were also some courthouses, not on the official redo list, that because I was passing through their cities, decided to stop at again.

Non-Official Redos

1. Baylor County – Seymour

2. Donley County – Clarendon

3. Moore County – Dumas

4. Stonewall County – Aspermont (for the third time)

5. Houston County – Crockett

6. Leon County – Centerville

7. Hopkins County – Sulphur Springs

And of course, it wouldn’t be fun if I didn’t visit the most unique group in the state: the retired. It’s been so fascinating to observe these buildings, the most historical by far.

Retired Courthouses

1. Robertson County – Calvert

2. Fayette County – Fayetteville

3. Hidalgo County – Hidalgo

4. Frio County – Frio Town (in crumbling ruins, might I add)

 

The journey I took this summer took me to all regions of Texas (except for the Far West, my favorite). It was a vast accomplishment, that successfully eliminated some of the courthouses the farthest distances from home (the Panhandle, South Texas, etc.).

I’m proud of what I achieved here, and enjoy sharing it with you. Once again, I’d like to thank you for visiting this site and supporting my effort. Come next year, expect trips to cities such as: Corpus Christi, Beaumont, and Midland, in addition to their surrounding counties. You might even find me heading back up to Turkey, TX for the annual Bob Wills Festival. I’d definitely be able to snag some courthouses on the way home from that. It should be very exciting.

I may even get around to completing that looming backlog of courthouse pages. If I don’t succeed in that task, it won’t be for lack of trying. Stay tuned!

With much appreciation, I’ll see you in April!

-Carson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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