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    Alachua County Courthouse, 1884-1961 - Iron Fence Alachua County Courthouse, 1884-1961 - Iron Fence
This is a very early photograph of the Alachua County Courthouse showing the structure as it was originally built in 1884. The flying eagle and mansard roof lasted only a few years and soon were changed because the roof leaked. Surely the iron fence around the building was needed to keep out animals such as dogs, chickens, and pigs, but in the "Gainesville Daily Sun," dated September 5, 1908, there was an article suggesting that the fence be removed and the lawn elevated from the sidewalk in order to improve the appearance of the building. The article also said, "While the lawn, which has been under the care of the faithful janitor, Moses Sherman, for the past three or four years, is already very handsome and the admiration and pride of the city, the presence of the fence around the premises has a tendency to deteriorate its beauty. With the suggestion named, the grounds would also make the square show off to much better advantage." How they kept out the dogs, chickens, and pigs after the fence was removed, we do not know.
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