Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Enrique Manautou came to Texas from Mexico in 1902. With area commerce bolstered by the arrival of the railroad and Mexican Revolution refugees, he began a string of dry goods stores in the lower Rio Grande Valley in 1913. Manautou moved to Brownsville in the early 1920s with his wife, Irene G. Manautou. In 1928, he opened the E. Manautou Department Store in this historic Market Square District. Page Brothers architects of Austin designed the two-story Chicago style building of brick, cut stone, prism glass clerestory and plate glass display windows. Manautou was a prominent citizen and the first Mexican American to be President of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce.
Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17316.)
Location. 25° 54.109′ N, 97° 29.832′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is on East 12th Street north of East Washington Street (Business U.S. 77), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker and Texas Historical Medallion are mounted on the west wall of the building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 E 12th St, Brownsville TX 78520, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Public Market and Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Juan H. Fernandez y Hermano Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Juan H. Fernandez Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Celaya Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Federal Court Site (about 400 feet away); San Fernando Buildings (about 400 feet away); Brownsville Home of Charles Stillman (about 400 feet away); Bollack Department Store (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
Also see . . . Down Memory Lane in Old Brownsville. Across from the drugstore was the old Manautou Department Store, one of old Brownsville’s main stores. It was owned by Don Enrique Manautou, head of an early Brownsville family, and it was a place where you could buy almost anything you needed, like wedding dresses and quinceañera outfits, shoes and men’s clothing. (Submitted on June 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Architecture • Hispanic Americans • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 110 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.