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Courthouse

Attractions, Family Fun, History
This building is one of the oldest courthouses in continuous use in California.

Located at the North end of Historic Main Street Weaverville, this functioning courthouse serves as a cornerstone landmark in Weaverville's Historic District.

Attributes

  • Universally Accessible
  • Family-Friendly
  • Pet-Friendly

The first courthouse building constructed in 1853 was destroyed by fire in 1856. It was re-built in 1857 by Henry Hocker as a hotel, store and saloon.

After an 1860 grand jury reported that "bed bugs had invaded the offices of the sheriff and the clerk, had defiled the records, and had even attacked a judge on the bench," Trinity County supervisors began to consider moving from the old Weaverville courthouse, which at the time was being shared with the Masonic Lodge. In 1865 the county purchased the existing brick building that then housed offices, hotel rooms and the Apollo Saloon which boasted the first piano in the county.

Make sure you check out the placarde on the west side of the building.
Note: Building sign states it was built in 1854