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.)
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named 1912 Cameron County Jail (here, next to this marker); Campo Santo Viejo (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1912 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); Old County Jail / Fernandez Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); La Madrileña (approx. ¼ mile 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. 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.