Archer County Courthouse
The 1892 Archer County Courthouse was designed by Fort Worth architect Alonzo Dawson. The original construction differs greatly from the courthouse seen today and featured a tall central tower. In 1926, the courthouse was dramatically remodeled by another prominent Fort Worth architect, Elmer G. Withers. The original tower was removed and a third floor of offices was added.
Due to the substantial changes and the importance of Withers, the restoration returned the courthouse to its 1926 appearance and configuration. Metal windows and stone infill from the 1960s were removed. Wood windows were installed to match the 1926 design. The contemporary lowered ceiling of the courtroom was removed and the District Court balcony restored. Wood floors throughout the building were uncovered from beneath layers of vinyl tile. The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems were replaced and the courthouse was made accessible to people with disabilities.
Archer County Museum & Arts Center
Once an internationally known source for over 300,000 rare and antiquarian books, the late Larry McMurtry’s Booked Up stores are no longer open on South Center Street in Archer City. In November of 2022, the buildings and many contents were sold to XVI Investments, whose director is HGTV and Magnolia celebrity Chip Gaines.
Part of the book collection remains for sale at Booked Up online under the ownership of Khristal Merklin, longtime friend and former employee of the late McMurtry.
For more information about the sale to Gaines, see the Archer County News article: https://www.archercountynews.com/news/booked-checking-out.
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Burkett Park offers many activities including the newly installed Hilbers Playground, located adjacent to the park pavilion. Enjoy a picnic, some time to relax or let your kids run and play.
At the west end of the park, the Archer City Swimming Pool is a local "hot" spot during the summer. Pool hours are 12-6, Tuesday-Saturday.
Walking trails also descend into the local landscape near the entrance to the Miniature Golf Course.
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Historical Markers Located throughout Archer County
Archer County is home to several noted events in Texas History. From the Early Bowman Church and Bowman Cemetery to the D.S. Dudley Wild West Show, if you're a history buff, you can easily spend the day visiting these sites.
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