Texas Courthouse Trail

About the Texas Courthouse Trail
About Dave & Renee Fulp
Contact Information

About the Texas Courthouse Trail
By Dave & Renee Fulp

The seeds for Texas Courthouse Trail were planted years ago when we made a trip to visit Anderson, the county seat of Grimes County. The unique Grimes County Courthouse, not to mention the nice assortment of antique stores, a closed up old drugstore and a vintage bookstore, intrigued us. A former county

Original Pen & Ink - 2006 Johanna Jenkins
(Click to enlarge)

commissioner, and proprietor of the bookstore shared some of the history of Anderson and the courthouse. We were impressed with the small county's efforts in renovating and preserving the courthouse, and continue to visit Anderson whenever we can.

In our travels throughout Texas we had seen many fine county courthouses, but it was not until we took a trip from The Woodlands, Texas to New Mexico, via El Paso, that we got serious about taking photos of as many of them as possible. We found that getting off the Interstate and taking the "back roads" was a much more enjoyable way to travel and were excited to learn a little about each of the courthouses and county seats we visited.

We've visited and photographed the county courthouse in all of Texas' 254 counties and are pleased to present some of our better photos here. At first we would be most disappointed when weather, trees or the angle of the sun would prevent us from getting the "best shot" of a particular courthouse. Now, we actually enjoy the prospect of getting to make a return trip someday, as we've realized that collecting great photos of courthouses is not the only important aspect of this project. We've learned that even more rewarding is the journey itself, spending quality time together while doing something both of us love and enjoy.

Will we ever get finished? Well… yes and no.

The answer is yes… because we have visited and taken at least some photos of every current and retired courthouse in Texas.

The answer is no… because, considering, light, the season, and weather, we have yet to get that "perfect' image of every courthouse... even though we're "pretty close" with at least 175 courthouse views. Also, renovations continue throughout the state, giving us renewed subjects to photograph all the time. But most importantly… we're having so much fun we're not sure we want the journey to end.

About Dave & Renee Fulp

Just a few years away from 50 (we're NOT saying which way) Dave is pleased to finally have reached a point in his life that allows him to seriously pursue a photographic study of this depth. Dave got the "camera bug" as a photojournalism student at New Mexico State University. Inspired by one of his photography professors, Don "Doc" Martin and Dave's brother Jim, Dave honed his skills while doing photo perspectives of New Cave, and the towns of Hurley, Truth or Consequences and Los Alamos, all in New Mexico.

In recent years Dave's sports images, mainly of professional golfers, have been widely published and he's had the opportunity to return to New Mexico for photographic studies of the ghost towns of Winston & Chloride, Hillsboro and Lake Valley.

While our photographs are mostly of the exteriors of Texas county courthouses, Renee's interest in Texas history originated more from the inside of the courthouse. Renee's Texas roots run deep and many years ago her father succeeded in infecting her with his passion of compiling the family genealogy. Her research over the years has led her to the archive section inside many Texas county courthouses. This journey has given us an excellent opportunity to actually re-trace the original footsteps her family made as they entered into Texas in the 1800's.

An accomplished graphic artist, Renee also compiles our site visit notes and does the pre and post-trip research necessary to make a project like this possible.


It would be impossible to individually thank or acknowledge everyone who has been so gracious and helpful to us as we travel the state and take the photos and compile our research. However, we simply must mention the following.

Texas Historical Commission
Not only a wonderful online resource (see resources section) but we've learned much and had wonderful cooperation from staff, which have spent numerous hours opening up their archives and assisting us with our research.

Contact Information:Copy this information

Dave or Renee Fulp
17 Paintedcup Ct.
The Woodlands, Texas 77380

Copy the address from the image below to contact us via email.
Copy this information

HomeCounty Courthouse PhotographsAbout
Resources & LinksBuy PrintsSitemap