Front Facade of the Austin County Courthouse in Bellville, Texas
Austin County Courthouse, Bellville, Texas
As you approach Bellville from the west on W. Main St there is a large bust of the “Father of Texas”, Stephen F. Austin. Austin County was part of Stephen F. Austin’s original land grant from Mexico.
Continuing into Bellville on SH159 from either the east or the west, you can’t miss the Austin County courthouse because it sits in the middle of the street. SH159 is Main St in Bellville and the traffic goes around the courthouse in both directions. It is the only courthouse in Texas that is cube shaped, all four sides are equal rectangles. It was designed by Wyatt C. Hedrick in Modern style in 1960. It replaced an 1887 Second Empire style which was destroyed by fire on April 5, 1960. The clock tower bell and cornerstone from that courthouse are all that remain and can be found on the south entrance of the current courthouse.
The historic 1896 Jail and Museum is near the courthouse.