De Leon Plaza

De Leon Plaza (HM1SQX)

Location: Victoria, TX 77901 Victoria County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 47.978', W 97° 0.364'

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Originally called "Plaza De la Constitucion" by Martin De Leon, the founder of Victoria, this square was included as part of an early 1830s survey of Victoria by Jose M. Carbajal, son-in-law of De Leon. Carbajal's survey expanded on the founder's basic design for the city, which followed the style of traditional Spanish municipalities.

A water well lined with brick was placed in the center of the square in 1850. By 1872 a windmill stood over the well; twelve years later it was replaced by a standpipe. Other improvements included a bandstand in the 1870s, hitching racks in 1897; a Confederate memorial statue, "Last Stand" by Pompeo Coppini, dedicated in 1912; and lamp standards in 1923. In that year the standpipe was removed and the bandstand was relocated to the center of the plaza. Sidewalks were added by the Public Works Administration in the 1930s. Through the efforts of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the site was renamed De Leon Plaza as part of a plaza beautification project in 1941.

As a gathering place, summer concert arena, exposition site, and town center, De Leon Plaza continues to serve the people of Victoria as it has for generations. The plaza stands as a reminder of the rich heritage of the city and its founder.
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HM NumberHM1SQX
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Year Placed1998
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 694603 N 3187418
Decimal Degrees28.79963333, -97.00606667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 47.978', W 97° 0.364'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 47' 58.68" N, 97° 0' 21.84" W
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Area Code(s)361, 512, 713
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 N Main St, Victoria TX 77901, US
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