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Old Hidalgo County Jail

Texas Historic Landmark - Old Hidalgo County Jail

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1966

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Erected 1909-1910. One of first buildings in town after county seat moved here 1908 from Old Hidalgo. Spanish architecture, with red tile roof, white walls. A new jail was built in 1922; this became community center, and served as a meeting place for civic groups until 1931; then was city hall until 1966. Now the Hidalgo County Museum, its tower houses a hanging trap actually used only once, in 1913.

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