Milam County Courthouse

Milam County Courthouse (HM2E0C)

Location: Cameron, TX 76520 Milam County
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N 30° 50.986', W 96° 58.562'

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Created in 1835, Milam County's original boundaries extended north and west to include parts of 34 current Texas counties. Government offices were at Nashville-on-the-Brazos and Caldwell before Cameron became county seat in 1846. Two frame buildings and a two-story brick structure served as courthouses in Cameron before the present building was completed.

Austin architects Jacob Larmour and Arthur O. Watson designed this renaissance revival style courthouse, with the cornerstone laid by the local Masonic Lodge on July 4, 1891. The first floor included the county courtroom and offices for county officials, while a district courtroom occupied the second and third stories. Identical north and south facades are five-part compositions, while the east and west are three-bay designs. Each of the four fronts has a projecting center pavilion enhanced by a portico and triangular pediment. A mansard roof and central clock tower top an exterior of arched windows, cut stone pilasters and quarry-faced ashlar limestone with fine detailing.

County commissioners accepted the building as complete in April 1892, although furnishings and the clock tower were finished in succeeding months. In the late 1930s, a Federal renovation project by the Works Progress Adminisration removed the original roof, cupola, clock and statue, and made

interior changes. The State of Texas also dedicated a statue on the grounds to commemorate the centennial of Texas independence and county namesake Ben Milam. Restoration completed in 2002 reopened the full height of the district courtroom and replaced features that had been removed, including a stairway in the center hall and the clock tower and goddess of justice statue.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2008
HM NumberHM2E0C
Year Placed2008
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 693541 N 3414705
Decimal Degrees30.84976667, -96.97603333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 50.986', W 96° 58.562'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 50' 59.16" N, 96° 58' 33.72" W
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Area Code(s)254, 817, 979
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 102 S Fannin Ave, Cameron TX 76520, US
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