San Benito in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Water District Building
Designed by Austin architects Endress and Walsh and built by contractor L. Fleming, the San Benito Land and Water Company building was completed in 1910 at a cost of $14,386. Thirty-foot pine beams and locally made brick were used to construct the home of the company. A fine example of the mission revival style, the edifice features a red tile roof, wooden bracketed eaves, a stucco exterior, and curved gable parapets. The building has been home to many San Benito institutions, notably the irrigation and drainage districts. A beloved fixture of downtown San Benito, it stands as a memorial to the vital role of irrigation in valley life.
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11789.)
Location. 26° 7.84′ N, 97° 37.985′ W. Marker is in San Benito, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is on South Sam Houston Boulevard (State Highway 345) south of Robertson Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Methodist Church of San Benito (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic U.S. Post Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); San Benito Post Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Harlingen (approx. 5.8 miles away); Iraqi D-20 152mm Howitzer (approx. 6.7 miles away); Near Routes of Alonso de Leon Expeditions (approx. 10½ miles away); Palo Alto Battlefield (approx. 12.4 miles away); a different marker also named Palo Alto Battlefield (approx. 12.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Benito.
Regarding Water District Building. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (1997)
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1. Chamber of Commerce Office. Existence of the San Benito Commercial Club, as a full-fledged organization, is mentioned in the official roster of commercial organizations in Texas in 1910. This fact is confirmed by Paul Cottrell, pioneer newspaper editor of the city. The first office of the San Benito Commercial Club was located in the Missouri Pacific Railroad building where the present ticket office (Submitted on July 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Historic San Benito building to be renovated. Pablo Gabriel Vega and Shirley Vega of San Benito recently bought the historic Cameron County Irrigation District No. 2 building and are converting it into a professional office space in San Benito. The Mission-style architecture of the building still has many of its original features, including the flooring and doors as well as door trims and even two closet safes. (Submitted on July 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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