Historical Marker

First Courthouse of Newton County

Historical marker location:
Burkeville, Texas
( SH 87 1 mi. S of Juc. SH 87 & SH 63, Burkeville. Marker size: 1936 Texas Centennial historical marker (gray granite). )

County organized in 1846; Seat of Justice not established until two years later by public subscription. A building was erected here in 1848 on land donated by John R. Burke for whom the town received its name. Newton became the county seat in 1853.

As one of the most visible programs of the Texas Historical Commission (THC), historical markers commemorate diverse topics in Texas history, including: the history and architecture of houses, commercial and public buildings, religious congregations, and military sites; events that changed the course of local and state history; and individuals who have made lasting contributions to our state, community organizations, and businesses.