Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
1912 Cameron County Jail
Originally built as a three-story structure in 1912, this building, Cameron County's second jailhouse, was enlarged with the addition of a 4th floor about 1929. The 1912 structure was designed by prominent architect Atlee B. Ayers and the 1929 addition by Ayers and his son and partner Robert Ayers. The building's classical revival style is a distinctive design for this type of resource. A one-story frame building was erected in the courtyard in the 1940s. The building served as Cameron County Jail and Sheriff's Office until 1978.
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 31.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 25° 54.314′ N, 97° 29.579′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is on East Van Buren Street south of East 12th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 E Van Buren St, Brownsville TX 78520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 1912 Cameron County Jail (here, next to this marker); Campo Santo Viejo (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Field-Pacheco Complex (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Field/Pacheco Complex (about 800 feet away); 1912 Cameron County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cameron County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cameron County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Cameron County Courthouse/Dancy Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
Regarding 1912 Cameron County Jail. National Register of Historic Places (1995)
Also see . . . Cameron County Jail Photograph, 1916. This link presents an historic photograph of the Cameron County Jail from 1916. (Submitted on May 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.