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Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Old County Courthouse Rio Grande Lodge No. 81

 
 
Old County Courthouse Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2018
1. Old County Courthouse Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  
Designed by architects J.N. Preston & Son and built in 1882-1883, this courthouse included juror sleeping rooms on the third floor. Since 1914 this building has been owned by the Masonic Rio Grande Lodge No. 81, which had been meeting since 1848 under a provisional charter, receiving its formal charter in 1851. The cupola, which once capped this structure was destroyed in the 1933 hurricane.

Spanish:
Fue diseñado por los arquitectos “J.N. Preston & Son” y construido en 1882-83.
Funding provided by Rio Grande Lodge No. 81

 
Erected by Brownsville Heritage Trail & Rio Grande Lodge No. 81.
 
Location. 25° 54.189′ N, 97° 29.769′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is on East Jefferson Street north of East 12th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on the courthouse grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1131 E Jefferson St, Brownsville TX 78520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Old County Courthouse Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 Marker (<i>wide view; Masonic Lodge in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2018
2. Old County Courthouse Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 Marker (wide view; Masonic Lodge in background)
are within walking distance of this marker. Cameron County Courthouse of 1883-1914 (a few steps from this marker); 1882 Cameron County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Immaculate Conception Cathedral (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Immaculate Conception Cathedral (within shouting distance of this marker); La Catedral del la Inmaculada Concepcion (within shouting distance of this marker); Father Pierre Yves Keralum (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Immaculate Conception Cathedral (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Jail (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
 
More about this marker. Marker is in the Brownsville Heritage Trail series.
 
Also see . . .  Masonic lodge celebrates anniversary History. (from The Brownsville Herald, January 18, 2001) The blue walls, portraits and checkered floor in the ornate meeting room of the Masonic Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 reflect a century and a half of Brownsville history. The local Masonic lodge, the oldest in South Texas, celebrates its 150th anniversary Saturday with a dinner and a visit by the Grand Master of Masons of Texas. The group was established in Brownsville in 1851 when the
Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 (<i>southwest corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2018
3. Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 (southwest corner view)
border town was in its infancy. Its members were some of the earliest settlers, continuing with business leaders through the present multi-ethnic membership still made up of professionals, such as doctors, lawyers and lawmen. (Submitted on May 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Rio Grande Lodge No 81 Dedication Cornerstone (<i>located just right of entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2018
4. Rio Grande Lodge No 81 Dedication Cornerstone (located just right of entrance)
Old County Courthouse Wrought Iron Fence image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2018
5. Old County Courthouse Wrought Iron Fence
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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