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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.

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