Guthrie, TX King County Courthouse Fire, Feb 1914

FIRE DESTROYS KING COUNTY COURT HOUSE

WAS ERECTED ABOUT SIX YEARS AGO AT A COST OF $25,000.

Flames Supposed to Have Started in County Clerk's Office, Where All Records Were Destroyed

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS.

Guthrie, King Co., Tex., Feb. 14. -- The King County court house, containing all the legal records of the county, was destroyed by fire at an early hour this morning.  The flames were discovered at 5 o'clock and are supposed to have started in the County Clerk's office.  Citizens of Guthrie formed a bucket brigade and used this only means to check the fire without avail, the building and all of its records being totally consumed.

The building was a two-story structure built of artificial stone and was valued at $25,000.  It was erected about six years ago, Insurance was [illegible - maybe $18,000].

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 15 Feb 1914

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COURT HOUSE CONTRACT LET.

Fort Worth Man Will Erect Building for King County.

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS.

Guthrie, King, Co., Tex., March 20. -- A contract for erecting the King County Court House was awarded this week to E. E. Churchill of Fort Worth.  The structure will be a modern two-story building and fire proof.  It will contain eigth [six] rooms exclusive of the the District Court room and will be completed within six months.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 21 Mar 1914