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

Jarvis Plaza

 
 
Jarvis Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
1. Jarvis Plaza Marker
Inscription.
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 of Laredo as it has for more than a century.
 
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2742.)
 
Location.
Jarvis Plaza Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
2. Jarvis Plaza Marker (wide view)
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. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the Matamoros Street sidewalk, near the northeast corner of Jarvis Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1004 Matamoros Street, Laredo TX 78040, United States of America.
 
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 of Laredo. Ordinances were passed to stop the excessive violence in the streets, and a new cemetery was established. Having a deep respect for the history of the United States and Mexico, Jarvis named many of the major streets in Laredo, in alternating fashion, for political and military heroes from the two countries. (Submitted on June 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
US Post Office / Courthouse / Customs Office (<i>directly across Matamoros Street from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
3. US Post Office / Courthouse / Customs Office (directly across Matamoros Street from marker)

 
Categories. Parks & Recreational AreasPoliticsWar, Mexican-American
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. 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.
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