You know the story of Cora, the first county seat of Comanche County, as well as I do. You also know what the first courthouse of Comanche County looked like because the log structure still stands today. Oh, it doesn’t stand in its old spot; it hasn’t in decades. No, today the little courthouse that we call Old Cora stands in the southwest corner of the Comanche public square, an honored structure that becomes a photo op each and every day of the year because she has the distinction of being the oldest standing log courthouse in Texas, and tourists galore stop and visit her every year.
Of course, I don’t want to leave you with the impression that Old Cora was referred to by name in the long ago days when she held the county records, not at all. Back then, she was simply the courthouse, and just as we here in the 21st century must “go to the courthouse” so was it with the people of the 19th century.
The photo that I have used today depicts the day that the town of Comanche moved Old Cora to its present location. Obviously, it caught my eye because of it historic significance, but then I looked a little closer. I simply do not remember that there was ever an Ellison’s Furniture in what I still refer to as the old Durham Drug building. Of course, I was young and very busy, but I have no idea how I could not remember Ellison’s.
If you remember anything about this day, about Old Cora at her other locations, or anything about the businesses located in Comanche at the time, please leave us your comments in the boxes below. That way we all can share in what you already know. Thanks!