Laredo in Webb County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
New York native Samuel Matthias Jarvis (1822-1893) received an engineering degree from Columbia University and joined General Zachary Taylor's army when the United States declared war against Mexico. After the war Jarvis worked in Vallecillo, Nuevo Leon, where he married Inocencia Flores. Their family settled in Laredo following the Civil War.
Jarvis held several public offices in both Laredo and Webb County including county surveyor. He was responsible for surveying streets and parks in the city, and produced a map of Laredo that was officially adopted by the City Council in 1869. He expanded the traditional Spanish town plan laid out in 1767 by Juan Fernando de Palacios. Jarvis served as mayor of Laredo from 1868-72. He donated land for this plaza and it was referred to as Jarvis Plaza as early as 1881. The plaza was the center of a second business district and the Post Office/Customs house, and nearby hotels were constructed in the early 1900s.
Jarvis was instrumental in the development of Laredo and Webb County, spurred by the arrival of the railroads in the 1880s. The plaza continues to serve the citizens
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2742.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, Mexican-American. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor series list.
Location. 27° 30.375′ N, 99° 30.521′ W. Marker is in Laredo, Texas, in Webb County. Marker is on Matamoros Street west of Salinas Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located beside the Matamoros Street sidewalk, near the northeast corner of Jarvis Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1004 Matamoros Street, Laredo TX 78040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Webb County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Webb County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Samuel Matthias Jarvis. After the Civil War Jarvis settled in Laredo, Texas. Reported to be an efficient, dynamic, no-nonsense, and unforgiving individual, Jarvis was appointed mayor of Laredo in 1868 and served for a year. At the same time he served as Webb county judge, collector of customs, and county surveyor. During his tenure as mayor, he set out to improve the physical appearance (Submitted on June 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.