Details for Old Helena Courthouse (Atlas Number 5255003742)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5255003742


Marker Number 3742
Atlas Number 5255003742
Marker Title Old Helena Courthouse
Index Entry Helena Courthouse, Old
City Helena
County Karnes
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 614945
UTM Northing 3203156
Subject Codes buildings; courthouses
Marker Year 1962
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Old Courthouse Square, FM 81, Helena
Marker Size Medallion & Plate
Marker Text Soon after Karnes County was created and organized in 1854, a frame and clapboard courthouse was erected at this site in the center of Jefferson Square. This rock structure was built in 1873 to replace the first courthouse and adjacent county clerk's office, which had been destroyed by a storm and fire following the Civil War (1861-65). After county seat was moved to Karnes City in 1894, building was used as a school until 1945.