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Large turnout for upcoming courthouse tours expected

April 19, 2013 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Judge's Office

County Judge Mark Riley said he is excited about the positive feedback he has received regarding the upcoming guided courthouse tours slated for Saturday, April 27.

Held in conjunction with Weatherford Blooms, an outdoor home and garden festival put on by the City of Weatherford in the courthouse parking lots, the courthouse tours are expected to draw large crowds.

“We are anticipating a great event,” Riley said. “Working with Weatherford Blooms and our downtown businesses, we have created a great partnership that is really going to showcase our fabulous courthouse and downtown shopping district with the excitement of spring in the air.”

Riley said the tours have sparked interest from area groups as well. The Springtown Extension Education Association and area Boy Scout troops have scheduled separate group tours.

“The courthouse is such a rich part of the history of our county,” Riley said. “It is the people’s building and I love the opportunity to show it off to our residents and visitors. These tours along with Weatherford Blooms will allow people to take a step back in time and experience a part of Parker County culture that goes back to the early days of our community.”

On the day of the tours, the citizens committee appointed by Judge Riley will be on hand at the courthouse to sell courthouse prints, commissioned by Fist National Bank. Funds raised from selling the prints will go to purchase courthouse Christmas decorations.

“We are really excited about the 27th,” Committee Chairman Donna Tillman said. “We will be there to kick off our fundraising effort to raise money for Christmas decorations. The committee is thrilled that everything is coming into place and we are ready to roll.”

Parker County’s historic courthouse is the county’s fourth actual courthouse, with the first one being located north of the current location consisting of a one story; one-room rough, undressed pine lumber building.

The second and third courthouses were destroyed by fire in 1878 and 1884, making way for the current courthouse.

On June 9, 1884 the contract for today’s courthouse was awarded to James Milliken and Co. for the price of $55,555.55.

Architect W.C. Dodson designed the current courthouse with an architectural style known as Second Empire. Its construction was completed in 1886.

Tours will start promptly at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. In addition special group tours of 10 or more people can be arranged by calling Joel Kertok at the County Judge’s Office, (817)598-6166.
No outside food or drinks are allowed in the building.

Sports Calendar

Monday, November 24

  • Aledo Bearcats at Saginaw, B 3:00 p.m., A 6:00 p.m., JV 4:30 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Timbercreek at Aledo High School, B 1:30 p.m., A 12:00 p.m., JV 1:30 p.m., and Varsity 3:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Birdville at Aledo High School, Freshmen 8 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 2

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Birdville, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Springtown, Freshmen 5:30 p.m., JV 5:30 p.m. and Varsity 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Freshmen and JV at Mineral Wells Invitational

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Weatherford New Car Dealers Tournament

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fort Worth Cowtown Classic

Tuesday, December 9

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Stephenville at Aledo High School, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Granbury, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Thursday, December 11

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Decatur Tournament

Monday, December 15

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Southwest at Aledo High School, B 5 p.m., A 5 p.m. and JV 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Cleburne at Aledo High School, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Friday, December 19

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, A 8 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, Freshmen 6:30 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 8 p.m., *District Game

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