My Texas roots run deep. My Great-great-parents immigrated to Texas from Budesheim, Germany in 1845 and settled in Mentz, Texas in Colorado County. I was born in Texas and grew up in Vidor, Orange County, Texas. After serving four years in the USAF, I returned to Texas and settled in Houston. I applied and was accepted in the Houston Police Department in 1971 where I rose to the rank of Sergeant in the Homicide Division. I spent 29 years investigating violent crime and I spent a lot of time in Harris County courthouses and courtrooms.
After I retired in 2005, a Texas courthouse was the last place I wanted to visit. All that changed in 2011 when I and some friends went on a photography trip to photo some Texas history. Our first stop was Anderson, Texas. I could not get over how the Grimes County courthouse stood majestically overlooking the town. The more I explored this courthouse, the more I wanted to know more about it and others like it.
Our next Texas town to visit was La Grange, Texas and once again a courthouse captured my imagination, the Fayette County courthouse stood alone in the middle of town like a queen. I was hooked. I had to see more courthouses and so my ventured started. I knew I was going to see and photograph all 254 county courthouses.