Weatherford Democrat

Top News

June 28, 2013

Historical marker going up for local building built in 1870

The Parker County Historical Commission will officially dedicate a State of Texas historical marker at 118 Houston Ave. on Friday, July 5, at 10 a.m.

The building was constructed around 1870 on Weatherford’s downtown square and housed the first bank in Parker County owned by J.R. Couts. The money vault and vault door are still in their original condition.

The Franco-Texan Land Company out of Paris, France, also called the building home as they sold land bonds intended to bring the Intercontinental Railroad through Weatherford and westward to El Paso.

S.W.T. Lanham, the 23rd governor of Texas, once owned the building where he had his law practice, serving as Parker County’s district attorney.

The structure has also housed the Western Union Company, a radio recording studio and the Parker County election returns were once announced from the building.

Bob and Carolyn Glenn purchased the property in 2011 from the Cotten family and restored the building to its original character.

The public and historians are invited to attend the dedication and tour the facility.

1
Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results