First City Hall and Jail

First City Hall and Jail (HM108W)

Location: La Porte, TX 77571 Harris County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 39.893', W 95° 1.281'

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In its early days, La Porte had little need for a city hall or jail. City Council meetings were held in various vacant buildings around town and the few lawbreakers were placed either in an old abandoned ice house or locked in a convenient box car that might be at a railroad siding.

In 1907, a new city hall and calaboose were built. The building was to be 20 x 24 feet and would contain a meeting hall and two jail cells. The building served as city hall and jail from 1907 to 1931. In that year, the little wooden building was moved across the street where it not stands, and a new two-story city hall was build where it had be located.

The old wooden building served for many years as the American Legion Hall. It has served a variety of purposes and is now maintained by the City of La Porte and still serves as a general meeting venue for small groups. It is one of the few historical buildings left in La Porte.
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HM NumberHM108W
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Placed ByCity of La Porte
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 3:37am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 304372 N 3283360
Decimal Degrees29.66488333, -95.02135000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 39.893', W 95° 1.281'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 39' 53.58" N, 95° 1' 16.86" W
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Area Code(s)281, 713, 832
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 143-199 S 2nd St, La Porte TX 77571, US
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