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Comanche County Courthouse
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.
The Fleming Oak
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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Comanche County Confederate Monument
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:
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
THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
2ND TEXAS FRONTIER DISTRICT CAMP 1904
AND PATRIOTIC CITIZENS WHO
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