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Author Veselka, Robert E.

Title The courthouse square in Texas / Robert E. Veselka ; edited by Kenneth E. Foote.

Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  976.4 VESE    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xiv, 244 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-230) and index.
Contents 1 Courthouse Square in Texas 1 -- 2 From Land Policy to County Seats and Squares 12 -- 3 Anglo-American Courthouse Squares 32 -- 4 Origins of the Anglo-American Courthouse Squares 63 -- 5 Squares Derived from Spanish Precedents and Other Planning Traditions 80 -- 6 Origins of Squares Derived from Spanish Precedents and Other Planning Traditions 123 -- 7 Centripetal Role of the Courthouse Square 144 -- 8 Symbolism and Social Activity at the Courthouse Square 175 -- Appendix 1. Texas Counties 207 -- Appendix 2. Block Patterns, Features, and Roles of Texas Courthouse Squares 208.
Summary 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.
Other author Foote, Kenneth E., 1955-
Subject Courthouses -- Texas -- History.
Plazas -- Texas -- History.
City and town life -- Texas -- History.
Courthouses -- Texas -- Design and construction -- History.
Plazas -- Texas -- Design and construction -- History.
City planning -- Texas -- History.
Human geography -- Texas.
Texas -- History, Local.
Texas -- Historical geography.
Texas -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 0292787359 (alk. paper)
0292787367 (paperback: alk. paper)