Sommervell County Courthouse
Glen Rose, Texas
 
 
     
 
 
 Completed - 1893
Architect - John Cormack
Photos: Robert Deering 6/29/2002
 

COUNTY ORGANIZED: 1875

COUNTY NAMED FOR: General Alexander Somervell, Texas soldier, colonist, and statesman.

COUNTY SEATS: One - Glen Rose

COUNTY SEAT NAMED FOR: The town was first known as Bernard's Mill. It was later decided to rename the town to reflect its natural surroundings. A native of Scotland suggested Rose Glen. However, at a town meeting in 1872 residents agreed on the name Glen Rose.

COURTHOUSES: Four - 187?, 187?, 1882, 1893. County court was first held in an old store across from Barnard`s Mill. A log cabin was used later. A third courthouse was completed in 1882, but burned in 1893 along with many valuable records. Current courthouse has a fireproof vault.

STANDING: One - 1893 Romanesque Revival courthouse that originally had Second Empire influences. A restoration project was completed in1987.

 
 
 
1882 Courthouse
 
1893 Courthouse
 

1893 Courthouse
Photo: Robert Deering 1974