Old Zapata

Old Zapata (HM27RU)

Location: Zapata, TX 78076 Zapata County
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Country: United States of America
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N 26° 54.086', W 99° 15.995'

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In 1770 residents of Revilla, Mexico, established a village (4.5 mi. W) on land granted by Jose de Escandon. The same year the Spanish built a fort nearby. In 1842 the men on the ill-fated expedition to Mier occupied the village while they foraged for supplies. First named "Habitacion," the town grew to be second largest on the Rio Grande. It was named for friendly Indians living in "carrizo" (cane) huts. In 1858, after Zapata County was created, the name changed to "Bellville" and then back to "Carrizo." In 1898 "Zapata" was chosen for Col. Antonio Zapata, a rancher executed for his part in the 1839 fight to found the Republic of the Rio Grande.

Henry Redmond, a well-known area rancher, was the first county judge. Another county judge was Jose Antonio George Navarro, son of Jose Antonio Navarro, one of the two native-born signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

The elimination of duty free trade along the border in 1903 caused an economic decline. With the coming of irrigation, a rich agricultural area developed. After the construction of Falcon Dam and the flooding of Old Zapata by lake water, the county seat was relocated at this site on land originally granted to Bartolome Cuellar and Jacinto de Cuellar.
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HM NumberHM27RU
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Year Placed1979
Placed ByTexas Historical Commision. (Marker Number 3837.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 473527 N 2975546
Decimal Degrees26.90143333, -99.26658333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 54.086', W 99° 15.995'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 54' 5.1599999999999" N, 99° 15' 59.7" W
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Area Code(s)956
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 606 US-83, Zapata TX 78076, US
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