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Laredo in Webb County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Webb County

 
 
Webb County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
1. Webb County Marker
Inscription.
Formed from Nueces County
Created January 28, 1848
Organized March 16, 1848
Named in honor of
James Webb, 1792-1856
Attorney General and Secretary
of State of The Republic of Texas
1838-1841
Laredo, the County Seat
Founded in 1755 by
Tomas Sanchez

 
Erected 1936 by Texas Highway Department.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 27° 30.448′ N, 99° 30.357′ W. Marker is in Laredo, Texas, in Webb County. Marker can be reached from Flores Avenue north of Houston Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located near Webb County Courthouse west entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Houston St, Laredo TX 78040, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Webb County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Jarvis Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Webb County. Webb County is in South Texas along the Mexican border. Laredo, the county's largest town and seat of government, is in the southwestern part of the county at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and Interstate Highway
Texas Highway Department 1936 Centennial Star (<i>on front of granite marker pedestal</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
2. Texas Highway Department 1936 Centennial Star (on front of granite marker pedestal)
35. Early Spanish explorers traveled through the area on their journeys north of the Rio Grande. Alonso De León passed across what is now the northwestern corner of Webb County during the 1680s, and in 1747 Miguel de la Garza Falcón journeyed through the area as he explored the north bank of the Rio Grande. (Submitted on May 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. James Webb: Legislator and Judge. Webb represented the Travis-Bastrop-Fayette-Gonzales district as senator in the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth congresses, 1841–44, and served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. He was a member of the Convention of 1845, which endorsed him for United States district judge for Texas. He became first judge of the Fourteenth Judicial District, which included Corpus Christi when the district was established in 1854, and was elected to the judgeship in 1856. (Submitted on May 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Tomás Sánchez de la Barrera y Garza, founder of Laredo. On May 15, 1755, Sánchez founded Laredo with his family and several others. In 1767, after settlers had received ranchlands and a charter from the Spanish crown, they elected as alcalde José Martínez de Sotomayer; but because of his lack of courage to defend against Indian attacks and his attempt to remove the settlers to the south
Webb County Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible right of entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
3. Webb County Marker (wide view; marker visible right of entrance)
of the Rio Grande, he was removed from office and replaced by Sánchez. (Submitted on May 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
City of Laredo and Webb County Outline (<i>embedded in sidewalk near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
4. City of Laredo and Webb County Outline (embedded in sidewalk near marker)
Webb County Judges 1848-1968 Tile Mural (<i>located in courthouse gazebo near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
5. Webb County Judges 1848-1968 Tile Mural (located in courthouse gazebo near marker)
Webb County Population Tile Mural (<i>located in courthouse gazebo near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
6. Webb County Population Tile Mural (located in courthouse gazebo near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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