Broward County Courthouse

     Broward County, created in 1915, honors one of Florida's more colorful characters, Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward. Appropriately, given the county's southern location, Broward was one of the foremost proponents of "reclaiming" the Everglades. The county seat is Ft. Lauderdale, most likely named for Major William Lauderdale, a veteran of the Seminole Wars. The town grew up around the site of a fort that was established around 1838.Broward County Courthouse. Keith Vincent Collection

     The postcard view above is an aerial view showing both the Broward County Courthouse and the New River Canal, which connects Lake Okeechobee with the Atlantic Ocean. This was Broward County's second courthouse, replacing the converted school building shown below, and was constructed in 1926-8 at a cost of $500,000. The tower was 90 feet in height and contained a two-bedroom apartment for the jailer, located directly beneath "a bell so loud that it could be heard throughout most of Ft.Broward County Courthouse (Photo by Jared Anton) Lauderdale." Adding to the aggravation, writes Sun-Sentinel history columnist Stuart McIver, the jailer's responsibilities included keeping the bell wound. Additions were made to the courthouse in 1947 and 1956, but it was razed in 1960 to make way for what McIver considers "an undistinguished multi-story structure." The bell did survive and is preserved in the lobby of the new courthouse.

Broward County Courthouse (Keith Vincent Collection.)

Postcard view of the Historic Broward County Courthouse (Jared Anton Collection) Another view of the Broward County Historic Courthouse (Jared Anton Collection)

The New Broward County Courthouse North Wing

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