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Vintage Architectural Photos:
All photos courtesy of The Weslaco Museum.

  • A Streetscape of 1925, 1926 Weslaco
  • The 1928 Weslaco City Hall today
  • The Weslaco City Hall when it was first built
  • The Royal Palm Hotel
  • The Hotel Cortez
  • The Bridge to Rio Rico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
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    Weslaco Texas 1925 street scene
    A bustling Weslaco in the mid 1920s, before the City Hall was built.
    From the historic photograph collection of Weslaco Museum
     
     
    Weslaco Texas street scene 1926
    Street Scene, Weslaco, Texas 1926
    (Park on right is future site of the Cortez Hotel)
    From the historic photograph collection of Weslaco Museum
     
    Architect R. Newell Waters was a native of San Angelo and a graduate of M.I.T. He started designing buildings in the Rio Grande Valley in 1924. The City Hall was a multi-use facility, including an auditorium, jail, city offices, firehouse and dormitory for the firemen.
     
     
    Weslaco Texas City Hall today
    Weslaco City Hall
    Photo Courtesy Weslaco Museum
     
     
    Weslaco Texas City Hall detail
    Detail of Weslaco's 1928 City Hall
    Photo Courtesy Weslaco Museum
     
     
    Weslaco City hall historic photo
    The Weslaco City Hall when it was first built
    From the historic photograph collection of Weslaco Museum
     
     
    historic photo of first hotel in Weslaco Texas
    Weslaco's First Hotel, the Royal Palm,
    hosted many of the early land speculators.
    From the historic photograph collection of Weslaco Museum
     
     
    historic photo of Cortez Hotel in Weslaco Texas
    The Cortez Hotel
    From the historic photograph collection of Weslaco Museum
    More Rooms with a Past
     

    The Cortez Hotel was built in 1928 and opened it's doors for a New Year's Eve Ball that year. The cost was a reported $250,000 and the architect was Paul Silber of San Antonio.

    The Spanish Revival Style building has recently (1997-98) undergone a restoration by its new owners Patti and Larry Dittburner and is now known as the Villa de Cortez.

     
     
    historic photo of bridge
    The Bridge to Rio Rico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
    The gates closed at midnight.
    The bridge collapsed in 1941 after its foundations were swept away in a flood.
    From the historic photograph collection of Weslaco Museum
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    Weslaco TX Night Scene
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, November 2010
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