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Runnels County Courthouse

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1889, Eugene T. Heiner; 1941, Roy E. Lane. 613 Hutchings Ave.

When built, the courthouse was the stylistic twin of Heiner’s Wharton County Courthouse, but in 1941 the Second Empire scheme was modernized by the removal of all the roofs, cornices, and tower by Dallas architect Lane, leaving a flat-roofed stump of a building. Two-story additions on the east and west ends are of similar stone. At the northwest corner of the courthouse square is a statue of Charles H. Noyes, The Spirit of the Texas Cowboy, by San Antonio–based sculptor Pompeo Coppini. Noyes, aged twenty-one, was killed when his horse fell during a cattle roundup, and his parents erected this monument to him and all Texan cowboys in 1919.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Runnels County Courthouse", [Ballinger, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 313-313.

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