Southeast Texas Trip Planning

It occurred to me when I first began contemplating how to tackle the redo process that to efficiently do it, I’d need to plan trips for new courthouses around those I needed to revisit. To clarify, when I began redoing courthouse visits, I had new courthouses remaining in virtually every region of Texas. Knowing that in the future, I would have to go to these areas of the state again, I would simply make quick stops at redos along the way. This has worked for nearly every redo trip except one (the Wichita Falls region trip) only because the counties hit the border with Oklahoma and there were no new courthouses up that way. Because of that, I took a trip solely for redos, a minor inconvenience.

This being said, if you have ever taken a look at my courthouse map, you know that Galveston County is marked as a necessary redo stop. On my original courthouse trip to Galveston, I also visited Milam, Lee, Fayette, Colorado, Harris, and Waller Counties. Back in early May 2014, I went to a wedding in Houston where I got to revisit the courthouse there. Also, I got to go back to Waller County (where the seat is Hempstead) on the way home. That left five courthouses from this original trip remaining.

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Harris County Courthouse, Houston, Texas (May 3, 2014)

The trouble to return to Galveston during a new courthouse trip was its peculiar location. It’s on an island, out of the way of the rest of the county seats. The nearest new counties to it, Brazoria and Chambers, both have seats fairly far from Galveston. There wouldn’t be a need to come back though the area for courthouses. So to get back to the city, I’d need to come up with a different reason to go back.

Galveston is a popular tourist spot, one of three major Texas beach towns (the others being Corpus Christi and South Padre Island). Lots of people make Galveston a destination to visit, especially in the summer. The last time I’d been was two years prior, in June of 2012. I was ready to go and enjoy the town again. Plus, it would give me the chance I needed to revisit the Galveston County courthouse.

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 The product of my original trip to Galveston (this was the only picture I took), June 15, 2012

I figured that as long as I was going to Galveston, I’d take advantage of the greater courthouse opportunity (besides just the single revisit). In addition to visiting the Galveston County courthouse, I plan on finishing up the redos from the original June 2012 trip. Again, that’s Milam, Lee, Fayette and Colorado Counties. All four of the courthouses in these counties are some of the state’s finest. Two happen to be designed by J. Riely Gordon.

But that’s not all. While down in that region, I hope to also visit seven new courthouses, including those in Galveston’s surrounding counties I mentioned earlier, Brazoria and Chambers. It should be a promising trip for courthouses and for just enjoying Galveston. I’ll definitely be posting about it soon.

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