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Coryell County Courthouse 125th celebration set for Saturday

Special to the Leader-Press 


The Coryell County Historical Commission, in conjunction with Coryell County Judge Roger Miller and the Coryell County Commissioners, are currently making plans for the 125th anniversary of the Coryell County Courthouse which was completed on July 18, 1898.
Festivities will be held on the south side lawn of the courthouse starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 22. The Courthouse is located on Main Street in Gatesville.
The schedule will include the posting of the colors by an area horseback color guard, the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance by Casey Curry, the National Anthem sung by Charles Ament, the Texas Pledge of Allegiance by Casey Curry, followed by the Texas anthem sung by Dr. Steve Norris. Felicia Inman will then offer an opening prayer.
A welcome will be offered by Coryell County Historical Commission president, Danny Corbett followed by Coryell County Judge Roger Miller who will share the history of the construction of the courthouse.
Festivities planned will include speakers, live music, and old-fashioned games for children and adults alike.
In addition, there will be a rededication ceremony of the Texas State Historical Marker that was originally installed on the north side of the structure but will be relocated to the south side of the building which was the original main entrance of the building.
Larry Weiss, of Harris Creek, recently restored the original marker and brought it back to its original condition just in time for the 125th anniversary celebration.
The Coryell County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
During the 125th anniversary celebration, non-guided tours will be given of the historic structure which was restored in the late 1980’s.
Those planning to attend the celebration are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating on the courthouse lawn. Several food trucks will be on hand to provide refreshments and a courthouse birthday cake will be provided by the Coryell County Historical Commission.

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