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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Feb 1, 2010

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    The art deco or "modern-style" Comanche County Courthouse stands in the center of Comanche, Texas. It was built in 1939 with limestone from a local quarry, thanks in part to WPA funds. The architect was Wyatt C. Hedrick. With its nice stonework, this is said to be one of the best WPA courthouses in Texas.

    WPA stands for the Works Project Administration - the largest "New Deal" agency of the Great Depression era.

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    The historic Fleming Oak casts its shade over Bicentennial Park in downtown Comanche, Texas.

    A historical marker beside the tree says: "Camped here in 1854 with his father, young Martin V. Fleming hid behind this tree and saved himself when hostile Indians rode through the grove. Years later paving contractors started to cut the Oak, but were stopped by "Uncle Mart" with his gun."

    However, the historical marker may not be true. A local man told me "This story represents a wild misunderstanding of actual events. Uncle Mart actually threatened the highway crew with his "Number Tens," referring to the size of his boots and not to a shotgun gauge. No gun was involved in the incident."

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    Confederate Veterans Monument, Comanche, Texas

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    Favorite thing: This colorful monument was erected in 2002 in front of the Comanche County Courthouse, Comanche, Texas. The recent date on the monument is a testimony to the fact that even as we are approaching the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States, the noble Confederate cause - the struggle for freedom from an oppressive centralized government - is not forgotten

    The inscription reads:

    CONFEDERATE
    VETERANS

    NOT FOR FAME OR REWARD, NOT FOR
    PLACE OR RANK, NOT LURED BY
    AMBITION OR GOADED BY NECESSITY,
    BUT IN SIMPLE OBEDIENCE TO DUTY
    AS THEY UNDERSTOOD IT, FOR FOUR
    WEARY YEARS THESE BRAVE MEN
    SUFFERED ALL, SACRIFICED ALL, DARED
    ALL, AND FACING DEATH CARRIED THE
    BANNERS OF THE CONFEDERACY.
    THESE SOLDIERS OFFERED THEIR LIVES
    ON THE ALTER OF THEIR
    COUNTRY'S LIBERTY

    DEDICATED BY
    THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
    2ND TEXAS FRONTIER DISTRICT CAMP 1904
    AND PATRIOTIC CITIZENS WHO
    GENEROUSLY CONTRIBUTED

    A.D. 2002

    1861-1865

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