Monday, January 21, 2013

Our Webster County Courthouse at Walthall, MS

This is what I saw when I sat down at my computer on Thursday morning, January 17, 2013.
 I could hardly beleive my eyes.   I think Richard Love may have made this picture.  Someone had posted it and a WTVA news article on Face Book.  My daughter-in-law's office is just to the left of the tree.  This is the front of the building which was built in 1915 at a cost of $65,000!!!  It will cost millions to replace it.

This was also the morning we got snow here.  Some locals reported getting 4 inches.

The moon as seen through one of the upstairs windows.

The large windows with the curved tops shown here in the west wall, were in the court room.  

 The wall on the right of picture is the front of the courthouse and faces east.
The left side of the picture is the wall that faces north and the left faces west. Richard Love with the Eupora Volunteer Fire Dept. stated, " The final numbers are in. Per the Eupora Water Dept, we used 411 thousand gallons of water out of the Walthall water tank and we shuttled 244 thousand gallons in from Eupora totaling 655 thousand gallons of water we put on the courthouse yesterday morning. That is about 145 thousand gallons of water per hour (or just under 2,500 gallons per minute)"

I think they are already thinking of re-building.
This is Belenda J. Stewart, (Architect) and her employees.
I copied this picture from Face Book and I believe it belongs to Belinda Stewart.  Here is a quote from her Face Book page.  
"Belinda Stewart This building was built incredibly well. The vaults did their job - and more. The fire burned for several hours - and yet the records were not burned. There is a bit of water damage. The county has brought in a records restoration company to handle the records. The local fire department - as well as many neighboring fire departments and volunteers - did a heroic job in saving this building and these records! There are many HEROES here!!!"
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Sparky Hudson said...

Praise the Lord no one was injured. And I'm glad to hear the records where preserved. Maybe if lots of people volunteer, the building won't be so expensive to replace. Y'all don't need your taxes raised right now during an economic Depression.

Lois Evensen said...

How sad to lose such a lovely building by fire. I hope they are able to rebuild.

Marlene said...

Oh Dorthy how sad, uch a beautiful old building. Thank God no one wa hurt. But it looks like they will rebuild.

Daisy said...

So sorry to see this, Dorothy. Looks like it was a beautiful old building. Such a sad sight now.

Betsy Adams said...

It's always so sad when a building like that is destroyed... I hope they DO build it back..

What caused the fire? Does anyone know?


MeenyMoe said...

I am so sorry to hear that. So sad when historical buildings burn down. I'm glad to hear they are rebuilding. As I drove my son to school this morning, we took our usual back road route and were startled and saddened to see a neighbor's house about 5 miles from us burned to the ground. It was built in 1975, according to the news online today. Luckily the family wasn't home but it was built by them, with love, and sweat of their own hands. They plan to rebuild too. But they lost everything. That's a lot of stuff in a 10,000 sq ft house. Yes, you read that right. The fire started in the "train room" and they think was due to an electrical malfunction.

- Karen

Mary said...

Oh, my.....glad no one was in it. a wonderful looking building and hope they can restore it.

Jan said...

Even in ruins, it's a beautiful structure. Do they know what started the fire?

Marie said...

Thank goodness the records were not lost! But how very sad about the building!