Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
This cathedral, which was completed on July 6, 1856, was built with 250,000 hand-made clay bricks shaped and oven cured in the nearby village of Santa Rosalia. This church designed and constructed under the Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate who had arrived in the Rio Grande Valley ten years earlier. It replaced the original church, a wooden structure that had been built on the corner of E. Adams and E. Jefferson Streets. The rectory behind the church was the site of the first Oblate Seminary in Texas and served as a refuge and haven for priests fleeing the revolutions and bandits along the border. The church was first elevated to a cathedral in 1947 when the Vicariate Apostolic of Brownsville was established and it was so designated a second time in 1965 when the Diocese of Brownsville was created. For more than a century and a half, Immaculate Conception Cathedral has contributed to the growth of religion and culture in this area. Recognizing the history of this cathedral the international order of the Alhambra has dedicated this plaque to mark the Immaculate Conception Cathedral as a National Catholic Historical Site.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Man-Made Features.
Location. 25° 54.163′ N, 97° 29.768′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is on East 12th Street west of East Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1218 E Jefferson St, Brownsville TX 78520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Immaculate Conception Cathedral (here, next to this marker); La Catedral del la Inmaculada Concepcion (here, next to this marker); Father Pierre Yves Keralum (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Immaculate Conception Cathedral (a few steps from this marker); Old County Courthouse Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 (within shouting distance of this marker); 1882 Cameron County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cameron County Courthouse of 1883-1914 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oblates of Mary Immaculate (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
Regarding Immaculate Conception Cathedral. National Register of Historic Places (1980), Recorded Texas Historic
Also see . . . The History of Immaculate Conception Cathedral. (This link presents many high-quality photos of the cathedral interior.) The cathedral has a blue canvas arched vaulted ceiling that at one time was covered with gold stars. The pulpit was built of native mesquite by a local cabinetmaker and a concealed spiral staircase provided access to the pulpit. In 1866, a parishioner gave $1,400 for the purchase of chandeliers, which were ordered from a factory in Paris. (Submitted on May 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.