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Taken 30-Dec-08
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Keywords:Texas Historical Marker, Val Verde County Historical Marker, Brown Plaza
Photo Info

Dimensions3872 x 2592
Original file size4.05 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken30-Dec-08 10:11
Date modified30-Dec-08 10:11
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D60
Focal length32 mm
Focal length (35mm)48 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.8
Exposure1/160 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Unknown
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Brown Plaza

Brown Plaza

Del Rio
Val Verde County, Texas
29 21.317' N 100 53.598' W Directions:

Text: First Plaza established in Del Rio--a city built one site of a Pre-Colombian Indian Village. Abundant water, which attracted the Indians, also drew to this spot the earliest Europeans to visit Texas, including Cabeza De Vaca (1535) and Castano de Sosa (1590). The permanent community of San Felipe Del Rio was founded after frontier protection was assured in 1860s. The San Felipe Agricultural, Manufacturing & Irrigation Company (organized Oct. 8, 1869) promoted settlement by giving land along San Felipe Creek as wages to its employees. Railroad lines reached Del Rio in 1884, furthering growth. Brown Plaza, dedicated on Cinco De Mayo, 1908, was gathering place for the community. A bandstand (or Kiosko) was built by the people. Musical concerts delighted audiences and performers. The Plaza was scene of political and social gatherings. Formal promenades became a custom. Travelers rested here and cooked thier food over charcoal fires. George Washington Brown (1836-1918), donor of the Plaza, was born in North Carolina, migrating West in his youth. He served his adopted state for 43 years in offices of county clerk and district clerk. The Plaza was restored in 1969.