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Resurgence

Resurgence It may sound strange, but sometimes it’s conflict that brings economic resources to a region.  Such was the case during the U.S. Civil War, when the Confederacy transported southern cotton through Brownsville to Matamoros in order to avoid the Union blockade.  Merchants and others profited and prospered from that commerce.  After the war, however, …

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Commissary and Guardhouse

Commissary and Guardhouse The (Fort Brown) Commissary and Guardhouse was constructed in 1904, in part as a replacement for the original fort guardhouse.  Iron bars were placed in the windows to keep out thieves.  The main floor contained a guardroom and offices as well as a gun rack room and cell room. (From this location …

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Fort Brown Post Hospital

Fort Brown Post Hospital The most prominent building of the post-Civil War reconstruction of Fort Brown was the Post Hospital.  It was built in 1868 (completed in 1871) under the supervision of Captain William A. Wainwright, but the architectural features are generally credited to Samuel W. Brooks, the foremost architect, builder, and engineer of Brownsville …

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