The Courthouse Square in Texas
- List Price: $50.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Edition: 1
- Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
- Publish date: 10/01/2000
With its dignified courthouse set among shade trees and lawns dotted with monuments to prominent citizens and fallen veterans, the courthouse square remains the civic center in a majority of the county seats of Texas. Yet the squares themselves vary in form and layout, reflecting the different town-planning traditions that settlers brought from Europe, Mexico, and the United States. In fact, one way to trace settlement patterns and ethnic dispersion in Texas is by mapping the different types of courthouse squares.
This book offers the first complete inventory of Texas courthouse squares, drawn from extensive archival research and site visits to 139 of the 254 county seats. Robert Veselka classifies every existing plan by type and origin, including patterns and variants not previously identified. He also explores the social and symbolic functions of these plans as he discusses the historical and modern uses of the squares. He draws interesting new conclusions about why the courthouse square remains the hub of commercial and civic activity in the smaller county seats, when it has lost its prominence in others.
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Sm4to from 9" to 11" xiv, 244 pp, red cloth covered boards w/gilt lettering.
Sm4to from 9" to 11" xiv, 244 pp, red cloth covered boards w/gilt lettering. The book studies all 254 county seats and employs the nomenclature of ealier courthouse square studies and developed new terms to identify previously undescribed patterns found in Texas. The study done by E. T. Price identified 73 central courthouse squares. T. G. Jordan conducted a more extensive survey and located 136 "traditional squares."
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