Grimes County courthouse turns 125 years old

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ANDERSON, Tex. (KBTX) - The Grimes County courthouse turns 125 years old on Saturday. County Judge Joe Fauth says, besides the milestone, the courthouse is special.

"You can find old buildings and old facilitates, but those that are still functioning and have day-to-day operations are few and far between," Fauth said.

There were four buildings that operated as the courthouse before the current one was built. The previous buildings were all destroyed by fire or weather.

“This one was built in 1894 and has stood tall and strong ever since,” said Fauth. “It’s remarkable.”

Johnny McNally, the Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce director, agrees with Fauth. He adds after one event the courthouse gained some character.

"There was a standoff and consequently there was a shootout,” said McNally. “Some of the bullets got lodged into the bricks."

Instead of trying to fix the damage, county leaders chose to keep the bullet marks. McNally says this represents how much the county values history.

"It’s just a little piece of history we don't want to disturb,” McNally said.

Fauth provided an analogy for those who might not understand.

“There are some things you don't change, it might be the scratch on grandma's coffee table by her first grandbaby,” Fauth said. “There are things that bring back memories.”

During Saturday’s celebration, memories will be placed in a time capsule. The time capsule will be buried in front of the courthouse. The county plans to open it in 2044 when the courthouse turns 150.

Fauth says he hopes the experience impacts Texans, especially younger generations.

"Plant the seed for their curiosity and energy to come back in 25 years, and say ‘Hey, I was there the day they put this in the ground’, " said Fauth.

The courthouse festivities go from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be free courthouse tours, live music, and refreshments. The event is free to the public.