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SONORA, TEXAS

Sutton County Seat, West Texas
Intersection of I-10 and Hwy 277
57 miles W of Junction on I-10
91 miles N of Del Rio on Hwy 277

Population: 2,924 (2000)

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Sonora Texas downtown in 1898
Downtown Sonora 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

Sonora, Texas Attractions:

Sutton County Courthouse >

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.
Sutton County Courthouse Mansard roof, Sonora, Texas
Sutton County courthouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2002
Sonora TX -  Former Sutton County Jail
Former Sutton County Jail
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2002
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Historical Marker on courthouse square:

Sutton County Jail

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
Sonora Texas city hall
Sonora City Hall
TE photo, May 2000
West Texas Utilities company old neon sign
West Texas Utilities neon sign
TE photo, May 2000
Sonora, Texas High School, old photo
 
High School, Sonora, Texas
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
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Sonora Stories:
  • Badger Fight by Mike Cox
    Initiations like this happened all over the West. The modus operandi varied from perpetrator to perpetrator.
  • Elmo 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.
  • Sonora Tourist Information
    Sonora Chamber of Commerce: 325-387-2880
    website www.sonoratx-chamber.com

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