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La Porte in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First City Hall and Jail

 
 
First City Hall and Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, March 17, 2012
1. First City Hall and Jail Marker
Inscription. In its early days, La Porte had little need for a city hall or jail. City Council meetings were held in various vacant buildings around town and the few lawbreakers were placed either in an old abandoned ice house or locked in a convenient box car that might be at a railroad siding.

In 1907, a new city hall and calaboose were built. The building was to be 20 x 24 feet and would contain a meeting hall and two jail cells. The building served as city hall and jail from 1907 to 1931. In that year, the little wooden building was moved across the street where it now stands, and a new two-story city hall was built where it had been located.

The old wooden building served for many years as the American Legion Hall. It has served a variety of purposes and is now maintained by the City of La Porte and still serves as a general meeting venue for small groups. It is one of the few historical buildings left in La Porte.
 
Erected by City of La Porte.
 
Location. 29° 39.893′ N, 95° 1.281′ W. Marker is in La Porte, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on South 2nd Street south of West Main Street (Texas Highway 146), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Porte TX 77571, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
First City Hall and Calaboose of La Porte, Texas image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, March 17, 2012
2. First City Hall and Calaboose of La Porte, Texas
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Porte (approx. 0.9 miles away); Saint Mary's Seminary (approx. 0.9 miles away); John A. Grimes Memorial Park (approx. one mile away); New Washington (approx. one mile away); Col. James Morgan (approx. one mile away); Gribble-Hofheinz House (approx. 1.3 miles away); Governor Ross Sterling Mansion (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Porte.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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