The Day We Moved Old Cora

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 Day We Moved Old Cora

The Day We Moved Old Cora

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!

Today, thanks in a large part to the labors and dollars of private citizens, the southwest corner of the square is truly a place of beauty. Pictured here near Old Cora is the Fleming Oak and just across the street the Goodson Insurance building is the same building where Mart Fleming had his butcher shop on the day he saved the stately old oak.

Today, thanks in a large part to the labors and dollars of private citizens, the southwest corner of the square is truly a place of beauty. Pictured here near Old Cora is the Fleming Oak, and just across the street the Goodson Insurance building is the same building where Mart Fleming had his butcher shop on the day he saved the stately old oak.

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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5 Responses to The Day We Moved Old Cora

  1. Judy Smith says:

    What year was it moved? I don’t remember an Ellison’s Furniture either. Seems like Durham’s was there as long as I can remember. I know it was there in the 70’s.

  2. Mary Peacock says:

    Fredda, don’t think this is necessarily what you had in mind, but I have pictures of my husband’s mom and her family outside Old Cora when she was 14, about 1933, and on the bridge nearby when it was outside of town, and his GG Grandfather, James Polk Burks and family at Old Cora in about 1876. His mom also wrote a short account of what it was like to live in Comanche in Old Cora in 1920’s and 30’s. Let me know if you have any interest in any of this. Appreciate you and your info!

  3. Sharon Beaty says:

    Durham Drug Store was there in the late 1950’s. I remember my daddy taking me in there when I was in early elementary school and I started first grade in 1957.

    I vaguely remember old Cora being moved in. I remember visiting the site outside of town BEFORE she was moved to the square. That said, I do not remember the furniture store being there.

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