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. 

Museum Attractions

Step Back In Time & See What It Was Like To Live In The Wild West

Accessible by the public, the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum is an open area where visitors can learn about how the cattle drives along the trail impacted life and the history of the first county seat of Johnson County, Texas. Come check out the original courthouse, a stagecoach station, a blacksmith shop, and many more attractions on the banks of Lake Pat Cleburne on the Chisholm Trail. Be sure to check out the many Historical Markers along the Chisholm Trail for a fun driving adventure.