Brownsville in Cameron County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Old County Jail / Fernandez Building
Built in 1882-1883, designed by the firm J.N. Preston and Son, it is the first building specifically built as the county jail. It is an example of the Border Brick style. In 1912 it was sold to the brothers Jose & Joaquin Fernandez. They converted the jail into a store with two living quarters and enclosed the buttressed brick perimeter walls.
Erected by Brownsville Historical Association.
Location. 25° 54.211′ N, 97° 29.729′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Texas, in Cameron County. Marker is at the intersection of East Madison Street and East 12th Street, on the right when traveling south on East Madison Street. Touch for map. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, near the corner of the building and just to the left of the doorway at this address.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Jail (a few steps from this marker); Old Cameron County Courthouse/Dancy Building (a few steps from this marker); 1882 Cameron County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cameron County Courthouse of 1883-1914 (within shouting distance of this marker); Old County Courthouse Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 (within shouting distance of this marker); Cameron County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1912 Cameron County Courthouse (about 300 feet away); Immaculate Conception Cathedral (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownsville.
More about this marker. Marker is in the Brownsville Historical Trail series.
Categories. • Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Law Enforcement • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.