The Eureka County Courthouse, designed by George Costerisa, cost about $38,000 to construct. Built in 1879-80 of locally-fired brick and of sandstone quarried nearby, the Italian style courthouse remains a fine example of boomtown Victorian opulence. The relic, a scene of many famous trials, reflects the glory days from 1864 to 1890 when Eureka was the first important lead-silver district in the United States.
State Historical Marker No. 80
State Historic Preservation Office
Board of County Commissioners.
Sometimes I’ll look up the markers I photograph on The Historical Market Database. In checking this one, I see there was an earlier version that omitted the information about the architect and the cost. A note on the HMDB page mentions the change was made in part to improve “grammar and readability.”
I don’t know about that. Here’s the original text:
Built in 1879-80, of locally-fired brick and of sandstone quarried nearby, the Eureka County Courthouse remains a fine example of boom town Victorian opulence. This relic, scene of many famous trials, lives on in reflected glory of the days when Eureka was the first important lead-silver district in the United States.