Hidalgo County

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Hidalgo County is named for Miguel Hidalgo y  Costilla, who was a priest and who raised a call for the independence of Mexico.

 

Created:  January 24, 1852

County Seat: 

Edinburg  1852 – 1886

Hidalgo    1886 – 1908

Edinburg  1908 – present

 

County Courthouse – Edinburg

 

Location:  100 North Closer Boulevard / West McIntyre Street

Built:  1953 – 1954

Style:  Modern

Architect:  R Newell Waters

Contractor:  Noser Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a five story stone faced structure. The building ios located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The center section rises five stories with windows on the north and south sides. The east and west sides are faced with a yellow-brown colored polished stone. The south wing with the main entrance, is one story with white colored polished stone on the upper half and dark glass on the lower half. The north wing is three stories and is covered with a yellow-brown colored polished stone.

 

Note:  A new courthouse is under construction and will be completed in 2021. The present courthouse will be demolished.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in Hidalgo in 1886. The second courthouse was a two story frame structure built in Edinburg in 1908. The courthouse was designed by Henry Phelphs and Atlee Ayres and constructed by Wateston & Schenfeld. The third and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $1,500,000.

 

Old County Courthouse – Hidalgo

 

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Location:  NW – Flora Street / 1st Street

Built:  1886

Style:  Federal

Architect:  S W Brooks

Contractor:  Juan Rios

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a one story buff colored brick structure. The building served as the courthouse until 1908 when the county seat was moved to Edinburg in 1908. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south front has a central entrance. There are vertical brick pilasters around the building. The roof is hipped. On the north side is the old two story buff colored brick jail.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Brooks County 

E – Kenedy County, Willacy County and Cameron County 

S – Mexico

W – Starr County 

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Hidalgo

 

 

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Old County Jail – Hidalgo

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2014 and 2019