GONZALES, TEXAS - In the 60's I remember taking a trip to Gonzales with my father. He parked our pickup truck across the street from a beautiful building. I can remember asking my father what building was that and he replied it was the Gonzales county courthouse. He then casually mentioned the clock was cursed. He told me to get out of the truck and walk around the building. The four faces of the clock never show the correct time. Sure enough he was correct, all the clock faces showed a different time. For years I wondered what had happened to that clock. Was it just neglect that caused the clock to fail? Here for you is what I found when I researched the tale of "THE CURSED CLOCK TOWER" of Gonzales, Texas.
|The Clock as seen from the street|
The historic community of Gonzales was named for Rafael Gonzales, governor of Coahuila and Texas. The town was constructed along the banks of the Guadalupe River in 1827. Byrd Lockhart in August 1832 surveyed the town on sixteen leagues of land given for town development. As the westernmost point of Anglo-American settlement and the closest town to San Antonio de Béxar, it was the center of much of the Texas revolutionary activity. Gonzales has been called "the Lexington" of the Texas revolution. For the first shots of the war took place in this community.
Gonzales County, named for the capital of Green DeWitt's colony, was established in 1836 and organized in 1837 as one of the original counties in the Republic of Texas. Gonzales was named the county seat and every county needs a courthouse. J. Riely Gordon began to build the "Romanesque Revival" style courthouse in 1894. In 1896 for the crowning touch of his work he installed on top of the courthouse tower a clock. The clock has four faces and are on the four sides of the courthouse so the citizens of Gonzales can always see what time of day or night it is. The reputation of the clock was known for it accuracy.