Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Roy Eddins]
Courthouse “Square” Comes Into Existance
“There are available no descriptions of the log house in which the county transacted its business in the beginning. Whatever it was—and it surely must have been crude, comparatively speaking—the pioneers, now with a county to build, started getting 'the house in order”. One of the first moves was to start condemnation proceedings to secure plenty of ground around the log house. The land belonged to Allen H. Morrell, soldier and adventurer, son of the famous Baptist preacher and organizer, Z. N. Morrell, (forerunner of the Baptist denomination in Texas.
“The condemnation order called for “a square 120 yards in length on four sides, with streets sixty feet wide on the north, south, and west”. From this it is conclusive a satisfactory street already existed on the east. Thus—as the order was culminated—came into existence Falls County's famous “courthouse square”.
“In this brief historical reference, it is impractical to refer to all of the courts' (commissioners and district) proceedings. A few references are made, because they throw some light upon the outstanding happenings as the county's facilities progressed from its first crude log houses to the modern one now in the progress of construction.