East Texas courthouse receives national historic honor

East Texas courthouse receives national historic honor
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - If only walls could talk, those at the Tyler County Courthouse would certainly have a lot to say. And now thanks to one award, they'll have many more years to keep the conversation going.

"Several years ago, the Department of Interior named all of the courthouses in Texas as endangered and they need to be preserved," said Mary Nell Rainey, Tyler County Historical Commission.

And that's exactly what happened Monday. With its goal to save a dying breed, the National Register of Historic Places officially named the courthouse in Tyler County just that.

"It's a big deal, it really is. There's a limited number of national registered facilities in the entire United States and to have that designation is very significant to us," said Tyler Co. Judge Jacques L. Blanchette.

It's an honor 15 years in the making, to preserve a local landmark built in 1891...and that's long before even the oldest of county residents were born.

"The first two were made out of logs and wood," Rainey said.

And they both burned down. But this structure has stood the test of time; 124 years of time to be exact.

"We also want this to be preserved for our future. Our ancestors thought enough of it to build it, so we want to be the caretakers and the preservers of what we have," Rainey said.

County officials say they're in the process of applying for grant money that will allow them to begin restorations on that courthouse.

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