The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 20, 1959 · Page 6
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 6

Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, September 20, 1959
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6 THE BRAZOSPORT "" '' .DOW PAGT& a—j w_ Bra»e»port ttnfl Brawria/County, Texas, Sunday, Sept .20,19B8 ©^ In Qgwity History =,.*_». TiL. *^ V ~. v B * Tt ' i i, Tor rainy jyean «f by the tfbwi.Ch«mcJal CoM- pany has beefc a feature attraction of the Brazorla County *air. Up to now, ,th« exhibit* 'h*t*, Been in, th,e form of mat* ' 'qui presentation* of ah In* '' austrial theme *<"•" , This year/ there's 'going to be^ i startling difference td '. the exhibit. ' , It has been many Month* 1» ~ *h* aklng. t>urlhg th*s« '\ month*, a trio of Dow officials and a (mail r«rniy of vol« A ' UHteM have delvad.deeply W-' to the county v « history. ' * They found «• rich ^supply. i, «T ekhlbH ^ * ^oe tn« ffrerd got aw*»d .that they were looking, old photo*, letters, maps, newpsaper*, drawing*, and similar hlstorl- l"itiatetial cama to light. **-l,tnanr mbh«w elapse* —e in* project team cam* 'I this concfljiion: finding the 'lal'Val not going to b« /•»« hard u making th« iision*. a« U whit would br i"'*ai « heart-breaking , t«k. 'Ancient scene* that de- lighted the heart* of the work* «(• had fe be set aside. Even -tSen 1 , * sequence movie built «*i,-of-tJiew historical material*, <£».•»'> J . k >,,^,Vf ' ' •.•« 'J- A grW ftort (he original it ttl* nute* to 2« minutes. At ihto point, the team could eut M more. , &o thi* year Fair tlilton will ^see a brief,- ittformal movi«, edited witlf ^ainitaking «are, that will ^Ivi torn* gllmpjn into this county* rich, colorful past, Photo* MI this page show on* L brief sequence from this film, It Is "the metariiorphoslf of the' Brazorla County seat of government, from the earliest frame building used In Braz* orla In 1836, to the modem building in use today In An* gltton. I '^V->>?A/ it V i i i i i •- v-v OPPER RIGHT: Briierit Countr 1 * earlUst eeuitheuM was built in -Old Town BtttorU under ' contracts dated 1I3( and 1843. It mred as the sett'ai government until Oel. " 3, 1895. Concerniag the construction phase* of thi* build- "' Ing. the weMcly newspaper The.Plantar, of Columbia, ,had . to say in it. Jan. 2$, UdtiAulV "B*a1WI?f®untr i W pride herself on her public buildings. Sb* may-jast-- - oasl of ha»Ing the most merciful Jail to be found in^any cirilited country — one u offering lhe;^nost un- "• •xfrnplid faculties:, for escape/' • Three years : later, ihe : Planter menUoned that although 110,000 had been spent, and ihe building could boast a S250 cupola, 11 lacked doors, windows, flooring, and the roof leaked. A few months later U convntenied eren'more caustically thai- "completion . is iictjfctilaLbe: despaired of." / :' ft"--; .-••• -• ; - ; "o CENTpl.Liyti, jn the UU or HIS, county mad* the decision la more the county MI* ia AafUten. In an eil.rapt to forestall this, this building was .built but only" one session of court was held there. Later this was used ' as a tchool building, but was destroyed in the 1132 storm. CENTER RIGHT: In 1897 this building became. the seat of county .government the first courthouse in Angletc-n. ' ' LOWER RIGHT: This is the same building M the one above it but indicates bow in the late IMO's hundreds ,of tons of "gingerbread" was chiseled off the exterior in . an atiempi. to present an appearance 1 - of conlemporMy '• architecture. This building sttU serves as headquarters , for some county functions. ••• " ••• •LOWER LEFT: This modern new building now houses most of ihe functions of running a county that has mush- roomea into an industrial giant since the building ooened for activity in 1940. • UPPER LEFTr'-Tat* is downtown Angleton. In its een. ter, dominating the scene from the air as completely at from the grouod, stand the two courthouse buildings im us* today. ' - • ;..<• • ., - ...••' • , - - . If I ',ft,,

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