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Taken 29-Dec-08
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Keywords:Texas Historical Marker, Val Verde County Historical Marker, Cassinelli Gin House
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Dimensions3872 x 2592
Original file size4.65 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken29-Dec-08 16:47
Date modified29-Dec-08 16:47
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Camera modelNIKON D60
Focal length18 mm
Focal length (35mm)27 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure1/160 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Unknown
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Cassinelli Gin House

Cassinelli Gin House

Del Rio
Val Verde County, Texas
29 21.210' N 100 53.823' W

Text: Italian Stonemason G.B. Cassinelli and his partner John Taini were recruited in their native county by an American contractor who wanted them to construct buildings in New York. Shortly after their arrival in the United States, the project failed and they went to work for the railroads. Later, they were hired by the Federal Government to construct several stone buildings at Fort Clark in Brackettville. When that project was completed, they came to Del Rio to work on the Val Verde County Courthouse. Cassinelli became a successful area businessman. He owned a general store, a contracting firm, and sold wood, hay, lime, and brick. In 1903 he purchased land at this site for the construction of a cotton gin housed Cassinelli's short-lived gin operation and the upper floor was used for community dances and receptions. Located near a Ford of the San Felipe Creek and downstream from an ice house and dam, built by Cassinelli, the gin house was a popular site for many early Del Rio Social Functions. Interior alterations made in the early 1950s for residential purposes were later destroyed by fire.