The Original Johnson County Courthouse

The Oldest Log Courthouse in Texas

Johnson County CourthouseBuilt in 1855 by William O'Neal, this 16-square-foot log courthouse is made of logs overlaid with clapboard and cost just 49 dollars to construct. Now, that same courthouse still stands, boasting the title of "the oldest log courthouse in Texas."

When this courthouse was built, Wardville held the first seat in Johnson County. Just over a year later, new laws stated that the county seat had to be within 5 miles of the center of the county. Thus, the newly built courthouse was abandoned. 

Speaking to the construction of this structure, which was built more than 150 years ago, it remains in pristine condition and provides an up-close glimpse into what buildings of the 19th century looked like. 

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