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HIDALGO COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Edinburg, Texas

Hidalgo County has had three courthouses:
1886 (Hidalgo), 1908, 1954

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1954 Hidalgo County Courthouse, Edinburg, Texas
The 1954 Hidalgo County Courthouse
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The present Hidalgo County Courthouse
- Edinburg, Texas

Date - 1954
Architects - R. Newell Waters
Style - Modern Style
Material - Steel, marble, and glass.
Modification - Enlarged in 1979-1981

The 1908 Hidalgo County Courthouse
- Edinburg, Texas

The 1908 Courthouse was razed to built the 1954 thing they now have.

The photos and postcards below show the 1908 Hidalgo County Courthouse in various stages of its life. Note the large cupola on the first three courthouse illustrations. This was damaged during a storm and shortened.
Hidalgo County courthouse 1912
1912 Postcard
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Hidalgo County Courthouse 1938
1938 Postcard
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Hidalgo County courthouse, Edinburg, Texas
The 1908 Hidalgo County courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Hidalgo county Courthouse 1948
1948 Postcard
(note smaller cupola)
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Hidalgo County Courthouses, Edinburg, Texas
The old and the new
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In the early 1950s a man, angry at a court decision, brought a bomb to the courthouse that exploded on the staircase (while still attached to his leg), causing expensive repairs and a very messy cleanup.

The 1886 Hidalgo County Courthouse
- Hidalgo, Texas

The 1886 Courthouse is still standing in Hidalgo, 6 miles south of McAllen, 14 miles south of Edinburg.
1886 Hidalgo County Courthouse, Hidalgo Texas old photo
Photo courtesy Robert Runyon Collection, Center for American History, UT
The 1886 Hidalgo County Courthouse in Hidalgo
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