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1886 Hidalgo County Courthouse
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The 1886 Hidalgo County courthouse still stands in Hidalgo, Texas. The second floor, roof and cupola were destroyed by fire in the early 1900s.
1886 Hidalgo County Courthouse in Hidalgo Texas
The 1886 Hidalgo County Courthouse in Hidalgo
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson , March 2006
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Old Hidalgo County Courthouse

"This building served as the Hidalgo County Courthouse from its construction in 1886 until the County Seat was moved to Chapin (later name Edinburg) in 1908. Made of brick from nearby Reynosa, Mexico, it originally was a two-story structure. Its cupola, roof, and second floor were destroyed in an early 20th-century fire. An important building during the county's formative years, the old Courthouse later served as an immigration and customs facility."
Recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1963.
1886 Hidalgo County Courthouse, Hidalgo Texas old photo
The 1886 Hidalgo County Courthouse and Jail in Hidalgo
Photo courtesy Robert Runyon Collection, Center for American History, UT
The county government shifted in 1908 when the courthouse and offices moved to nearby Chapin, Texas. After County Judge Chapin was involved in a trial, residents felt the need for another change of name. Chapin, Texas became Edinburg (without the H)

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