“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Del Rio in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Val Verde County Courthouse Square

Val Verde County Courthouse Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Zacharias Beau T, May 29, 2011
1. Val Verde County Courthouse Square Marker
Inscription. Organized in 1885 from sections of Crockett, Kinney, and Pecos Counties, Val Verde County was named for a Civil War battle in New Mexico which involved Texas Confederate Forces. The growing railroad town of Del Rio was chosen as the seat of Government and Commissioners set up offices in a commercial building on Perry Street, now South Main.

Soon after formation of the county, the Limestone Jail was built here on a corner of the public square. During construction of the courthouse, it provided additional office space. A three-story annex to the building was completed later.

The Limestone Courthouse was constructed at this site in 1887. Architects were A. O. Watson and Jacob Larmour of Austin, designers of Courthouses in Milam and Comanche Counties. Built by the contracting firm of Hood and McLeod, it features classical revival detailing and octagonal corner turrets.

As the area population increased, the buildings were modified to provide for the expansion of services. A separate facility for the Sheriff's office and county prisoners was completed in 1956, and the old jail was remodeled for use by other departments.
Erected 1980 by Texas Historical Commisson. (Marker Number 5626.)
Location. 29° 21.575′ N, 100° 53.862′ W. Marker is in Del Rio, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker is on Pecan Street 0.3 miles south of East Garfield Street (U.S. 277), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 block of Pecan Street, Del Rio TX 78840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camp Hudson, C.S.A. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cassinelli Gin House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Perry Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Seminole-Negro Scouts (approx. 0.6 miles away); Roy Bean, C. S. A. (approx. 0.6 miles away); Operation Brass Knob (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Carter Family In Del Rio (approx. mile away); Site of Camp Del Rio (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Del Rio.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 69 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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