12. Washington Plaza / Park (c. 1850)


The land for the park was given by Charles Stillman to the City of Brownsville in 1850 and was originally double its current size. Half of the original land was used to build Brownsville’s first school building in 1889-1890. Also historically known as Washington Square and Washington Plaza, it wasn’t until 1907 that the land was leveled, cleared and turned into a formal community park. The park contains monuments to Confederate president Jefferson Davis and Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti, and a bust of Mexican revolutionary Miguel Hidalgo.