The Cassinelli Gin House

The Cassinelli Gin House (HMONS)

Location: Del Rio, TX 78840 Val Verde County
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N 29° 21.199', W 100° 53.827'

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Italian Stonemason G.B. Cassinelli and his partner John Taini were recruited in their native county by an American contractor who wanted them to construct buildings in New York. Shortly after their arrival in the United States, the project failed and they went to work for the railroads. Later, they were hired by the Federal Government to construct several stone buildings at Fort Clark in Brackettville. When that project was completed, they came to Del Rio to work on the Val Verde County Courthouse.

Cassinelli became a successful area businessman. He owned a general store, a contracting firm, and sold wood, hay, lime, and brick. In 1903 he purchased land at this site for the construction of a cotton gin house. This two-story brick and stone commercial structure was built soon after. The ground floor housed Cassinelli's short-lived gin operation and the upper floor was used for community dances and receptions. Located near a Ford of the San Felipe Creek and downstream from an ice house and dam, built by Cassinnelli, the gin house was a popular site for many early Del Rio social functions.

Interior alterations made in the early 1950s for residential purposes were later destroyed by fire.
Marker Number5300
Year Placed1981
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 4:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 315835 N 3248626
Decimal Degrees29.35331667, -100.89711667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 21.199', W 100° 53.827'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 21' 11.94" N, 100° 53' 49.62" W
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Area Code(s)830, 432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 999 Pecan St, Del Rio TX 78840, US
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