in March 1898.
Sutton County courthouse
is the prominent building at the end
of Main Street where it still stands.
Photo courtesy Sonora Chamber of Commerce
In addition to the courthouse there is also a restored Sante Fe
depot and Sonora's old jail.
The Caverns of Sonora - Eight miles west of town on I-10, then
another 7 miles south. These are the best in the world according to
people who should know. The tour is a mile and a half and leaves hourly.
Marker on courthouse square:
Soon after Sutton
County was organized (1890), the commissioners authorized the
Pauley Jail Building and Manufacturing Co. of St. Louis to erect this
jail. Construction was begun in Feb. 1891 under the supervision of
Judge J. L. Dunagan. Completed in Sept. 1891, the two story native
stone building had a jailer's residence in addition to cells for lawbreakers.
The first prisoner here was gambler and gunman John Denson, a cousin
of outlaw John Wesley Hardin.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1975
TE photo, May 2000
Fight by Mike Cox
Initiations like this happened all over the West. The modus operandi
varied from perpetrator to perpetrator.
Johnson by Mike Cox
I drove to Sonora to interview him. As best I can tell, Iím the
only person who ever took down what he had to say. My only regret
is that I didnít pump him harder for stories about his days along
the Rio Grande the last time conditions were dicey.
Texas Utilities neon sign
TE photo, May 2000
| Sonora Tourist
Sonora Chamber of Commerce: 325-387-2880
| Sonora, Texas
Subject: Sutton county
I used to live in Sonora when I was young, 88-94 approx. I do not
any longer. You should get someone there to submit a photo of the
Hunt Mansion ... It's beautiful. - Aubrey Smithwick, July 27, 2015
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