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Historical Markers in Del Rio, Texas

Clickable Map of Val Verde County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Val Verde County, TX (62) Crockett County, TX (46) Edwards County, TX (18) Kinney County, TX (39) Sutton County, TX (35) Terrell County, TX (7)  ValVerdeCounty(62) Val Verde County (62)  CrockettCounty(46) Crockett County (46)  EdwardsCounty(18) Edwards County (18)  KinneyCounty(39) Kinney County (39)  SuttonCounty(35) Sutton County (35)  TerrellCounty(7) Terrell County (7)
Del Rio is the county seat for Val Verde County
Del Rio is in Val Verde County
      Val Verde County (62)  
      Crockett County (46)  
      Edwards County (18)  
      Kinney County (39)  
      Sutton County (35)  
      Terrell County (7)  
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1 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13015 — Brinkley Mansion
This site was once farmland irrigated by Del Rio's canal system. Construction on this house began in the early 1930s. In 1934, infamous "goat-gland doctor" John R. Brinkley and his wife, Minnie (Jones), bought the home, which exhibits elements of . . . Map (db m185127) HM
2 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 534 — Brown Plaza
First Plaza established in Del Rio - a city built on site of a Pre-Colombian Indian Village. Abundant water, which attracted the Indians, also drew to this spot the earliest Europeans to visit Texas, including Cabeza De Vaca (1535) and Castano de . . . Map (db m185130) HM
3 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13609 — Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz
In 1910, publishing titan William Randolph Hearst offered $50,000 to the first person to successfully complete a transcontinental flight across America in 30 days, with a stop in Chicago, Illinois. Adventurer and newly-trained aviator Calbraith . . . Map (db m185231) HM
4 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 663 — Camp Hudson, C.S.A.
When U. S. Troops were surrendered at outbreak of Civil War, camp became Confederate frontier outpost 1861-1862 to guard military road, escort supply trains, curb hostile Indians. Manned by 2nd Texas Cavalry. Texas Confederate Troops used as supply . . . Map (db m52680) HM
5 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13659 — Camp Michie
The military established Camp Michie, formerly known as Camp Del Rio, during the 1910s to serve forces assigned to secure the U.S.-Mexico border during the Mexican Revolution. As part of that duty, troops guarded railroad bridges along the border, . . . Map (db m185263) HM
6 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 699 — Canal System of Del Rio
Crude irrigation systems, drawing water from San Felipe Springs and Creek, were first devised by Indian and Spanish inhabitants of this area. Anglo-American settlers also saw the need for irrigation in this arid region, and about 1869 a group of . . . Map (db m133870) HM
7 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 777 — Cementerio Loma de la Cruz(Hill of the Cross Cemetery)
Early land developer Paula Losoya Taylor Rivers (ca. 1830-1902) realized that the people of Del Rio's Mexican Colony had no official cemetery in which to bury their dead. She donated four acres to be designated as a cemetery in 1884. Also buried . . . Map (db m133871) HM
8 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 12801 — City of Del Rio
Del Rio was selected as Val Verde County seat when the county was organized in 1885, but it was another 20 years before the first city government was established. In 1905, city residents voted to incorporate, and James McLymont was elected first . . . Map (db m111424) HM
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9 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 14572 — Dr. John R. Brinkley
North Carolina native John R. Brinkley (1885-1942) opened a medical clinic and radio station in Kansas and promoted controversial medical practices, including one that used goat gland implants to increase sexual "pep" in men. He became rich but . . . Map (db m185126) HM
10 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13163 — Elks Lodge Hall
Lodge 837 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks built this meeting hall in 1916 from plans provided by local builder Martin Brauer. It replaced an earlier structure, Gildea Hall, at this site. The Elks Lodge hall exhibits influences of . . . Map (db m185123) HM
11 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13105 — First Baptist Church of Del Rio
On May 24, 1896, Pastor Frank Marrs joined the Rev. and Mrs. Edwin S. Stucker as founding members of Del Rio's First Baptist Church. Marrs was from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Kentucky, and the Stuckers were both missionaries. The . . . Map (db m181247) HM
12 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 15363 — First United Methodist Church of Del Rio
Six individuals met on September 23, 1882 to create the Methodist Episcopal Church South, the forerunner of First United Methodist Church of Del Rio. These first congregants were Randolph Pafford, J. Lyman Bailey, William M. Bailey, Sarah Bailey, . . . Map (db m111428) HM
13 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 2191 — Glenn-Dowe House
Local contractor Daniel Glenn built this residence in 1900-01, incorporating a band of decorative brickwork in the design. He sold the property in 1901 to Bessie Chisum, a widow who married Luke Dowe in 1906. Dowe had a long career as a peace . . . Map (db m181249) HM
14 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 17541 — Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church
Organized in the 1920s, this congregation is the oldest surviving with origins in Del Rio’s African American community. Members first held service in the A.M.E. Methodist Church before securing their own property on Peirce Street on May 15, 1922. . . . Map (db m185262) HM
15 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13793 — John Taini
On November 1, 1854, John Taini was born in Rezzato, Italy (near Brescia) to Gerolamo and Lucia Prandelli Taini. John later became a stonemason there, and an American contractor recruited him and his partner, G.B. Cassinelli, to build structures . . . Map (db m111434) HM
16 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 17559 — Langston School
San Felipe ISD operated a school for African American students for a short time in the 1930s and again from 1945-56. Langston School on de la Rosa street was named for Langston Hughes, notable writer of the Harlem Renaissance. San Felipe ISD . . . Map (db m185131) HM
17 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13491 — Laughlin Army Air Field
With the need to train more pilots for military service during World War II, the U.S. Army established an air field east of Del Rio in 1942. The region's year-round good weather and vast areas of open ground offered near ideal flight training . . . Map (db m156214) HM
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18 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13495 — Lt. Jack T. Laughlin
Born in Del Rio on Sept. 17, 1914, Jack Thomas Laughlin graduated from Del Rio high School and earned a degree from the University of Texas. In 1940, he joined the Army Air Corps and the following year received his pilot’s wings at Stockton, CA. . . . Map (db m156220) HM
19 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 3240 — Mason-Foster House
A native of New York, local businessman James H. Mason (1835-1916) constructed his home here shortly after he purchased the site in 1887. He later developed a spring on the property for mineral baths and a medicinal drink. John J. Foster . . . Map (db m133873) HM
20 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13639 — Max and Anna Stool
Jewish merchant Max Stool (d. 1972) emigrated to the U.S. from an area of Russia once part of Poland. Settling first in Chicago, he came to Del Rio in 1904 while on a train trip to California and decided to stay. He sold wares as a peddler and soon . . . Map (db m133874) HM
21 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 3372 — Military Aviation in Val Verde County
In 1911, eight years after the Wright Brothers' historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Galbraith Perry Rodgers landed his plane at Del Rio while on the first transcontinental flight across the United State. The arrival of a plane in Del . . . Map (db m156222) HM
22 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13260 — Old Del Rio High School
Founded in 1868 on the edge of the Chuhuahuan Desert and just three miles from the Rio Grande, Del Rio began as an agricultural community. Early residents had access to intermittent schooling opportunities for their children. In the 1870s, the . . . Map (db m185129) HM
23 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — Old Del Rio National Bank Building
In 1910 Del Rio National Bank bought this lot and hired noted Texas architect Alfred Giles to design this structure. The cartouche and cornice above the main entrance, stylistic flourishes not seen in Giles' earlier San Antonio and Hill Country . . . Map (db m111441) HM
24 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 3777 — Old Perry Building — Whitehead Memorial Museum —
Erected 1871, before Del Rio was founded, by John Perry, as general store. Once the largest store between San Antonio and El Paso. Served also as courthouse, church, Masonic lodge, post office. Given in 1965 to city and county by descendants of . . . Map (db m36411) HM
25 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 14013 — Operation Brass Knob
Laughlin Air Force Base pilots flew secret surveillance missions during the height of the Cold War. The Strategic Air Command formed the 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing in 1956, utilizing high altitude Martin RB-57D and Lockheed U-2 aircraft . . . Map (db m36893) HM
26 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 17174 — Paul Kallinger(December 4, 1922 – May 29, 2001)
Fascinated with the verbal abilities of auctioneers and radio hosts, Paul Kallinger entered Frederick H. Sphere radio announcing school in Hollywood after serving in WWII with the U.S. Coast Guard. After a short job in Del Rio with KDLK, Kallinger . . . Map (db m181246) HM
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27 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 4376 — Roy Bean, C. S. A.(1824-1903)
Born in Kentucky. A trader in Mexico, 1848. Mining in New Mexico when Civil War broke out. As spy and scout, joined Texans in the Command of Gen. John R. Baylor during the 1861-1862 Arizona-New Mexico Campaign. Organized irregular company called . . . Map (db m36963) HM
28 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13695 — Rudolf Anderson, Jr.
U.S. Air Force pilot Rudolf Anderson was the only American airman shot down during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Born in 1927 in South Carolina, Anderson joined the military in 1951 and soon began flying reconnaissance missions during the Korean . . . Map (db m156226) HM
29 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 4434 — Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Mass was celebrated in private homes and in a wooden house at this site before construction of this native Limestone church in 1891-92. Under the direction of the oblate fathers, the mission of Del Rio became Sacred Heart parish in 1895. This . . . Map (db m111432) HM
30 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 16268 — San Felipe High School
In 1929, San Felipe Independent School District (I.S.D.) formed; one of the District’s first decisions was to establish a high school. Residents voted unanimously for a bond for the institution. Building was completed at the corner of Plaza and . . . Map (db m185259) HM
31 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 16269 — San Felipe Independent School District
From its early days, the historically Hispanic community on the east side of San Felipe Creek has made education a priority, erecting a schoolhouse by 1883. Although the 1890 creation of Del Rio Independent School District (I.S.D.) did not include . . . Map (db m185260) HM
32 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 16780 — Santos S. Garza
Santos S. Garza, also known as “Don Santos” or “Father of San Felipe Schools,” was born Nov. 2, 1881 in either Piedras Negras or Eagle Pass. He came to Del Rio in 1898 where he owned numerous businesses including a theater, general store, dairy, . . . Map (db m181251) HM
33 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 4639 — Seminole-Negro Scouts
Serving with the U. S. Army at Forts Duncan and Clark and Camp Del Rio (1870-1881), the Scouts were key figures in ridding Texas of hostile Indians. The 100 Scouts were mainly descendants of runaway slaves who had intermarried with the Florida . . . Map (db m36407) HM
34 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 4742 — Site of Camp Del Rio
A United States Army post was established in this area on September 6, 1876. Originally known as Camp San Felipe, it was an outpost of Fort Clark (28 mi. E), one of a chain of military fortifications constructed to defend isolated settlements of . . . Map (db m71196) HM
35 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 17542 — Tarver School
Records show a school for African American students in Del Rio was organized as early as 1901, closing in the 1920s. Del Rio ISD used part of a 1929-30 bond package to build a one-room stucco exterior school on Ware Street. The school, first known . . . Map (db m185261) HM
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36 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 5212 — Taylor-Rivers House
James H. Taylor (d. 1876), one of the five founders of Del Rio, and his wife Paula (Losoya) (d.1902), a native of Mexico, moved here from Uvalde about 1870 and built this one-story adobe residence. A prominent landowner and merchant, Taylor also . . . Map (db m185128) HM
37 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 13112 — The Carter Family In Del Rio
Known as country music's First Family, the Carter family first found national acclaim while on XERA radio. Owned by Dr. John R. Brinkley, the powerful radio station across the Rio Grande from Del Rio reached listeners around the country. A.P. . . . Map (db m36894) HM
38 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 5300 — The Cassinelli Gin House
Italian Stonemason G.B. Cassinelli and his partner John Taini were recruited in their native county by an American contractor who wanted them to construct buildings in New York. Shortly after their arrival in the United States, the project failed . . . Map (db m36895) HM
39 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 12800 — U.S. Army Camel Corps
The proposal to use camels for commerce and transportation in the arid Southwest came about in the 1830s, but it was under U.S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis that the idea became a reality. The first shipment of camels arrived on the Texas Gulf . . . Map (db m36889) HM
40 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 5625 — Val Verde County
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41 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 5626 — Val Verde County Courthouse Square
Organized in 1885 from sections of Crockett, Kinney, and Pecos Counties, Val Verde County was named for a Civil War battle in New Mexico which involved Texas Confederate Forces. The growing railroad town of Del Rio was chosen as the seat of . . . Map (db m52678) HM
42 Texas, Val Verde County, Del Rio — 5627 — Val Verde Winery(Founded 1883)
Known as Texas' oldest bonded winery; only survivor of about 25 once operated in the state. Founded by Frank Qualia, who came in 1881 to Del Rio (then a town of 200) from Milan, Italy. In 1883 he married Mary Franke. Their children were John, . . . Map (db m185124) HM
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Jun. 9, 2023