Old Lopeño

Old Lopeño (HM291O)

Location: Lopeno, TX 78564 Zapata County
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Country: United States of America
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N 26° 42.519', W 99° 6.64'

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Development of this area began about 1749 when Col. José de Escandón began bringing colonists to establish permanent settlements along Mexico's northern frontier. When parcels of land were granted to the colonists by the Spanish government in 1767, Ysabel Maria Sanchez, widow of early settler and rancher Joseph Lopez, was allotted more than 6,000 acres. The village of Lopeño that later developed on part of the land was named in honor of the Lopez family.

During the early 1800s, part of the Lopez land passed to the ownership of the Ramirez family, founders of the nearby village of Falcon. In 1821 Benito Ramirez built a combination home, fort, and chapel that later came to be called Fort Lopeño. Federal troops briefly occupied the fort during 1856 while in the area helping to ease border disturbances.

The general store established in Lopeño in the early 1900s by Serafin Benavides served as the area's only supply point at the time. A post office was established in 1920, and in 1934 oil and gas wells were successfully drilled just outside the village. When Falcon Reservoir was created in 1952, residents relocated their village to this site.
HM NumberHM291O
Year Placed1984
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14J E 488992 N 7045829
Decimal Degrees26.70865000, -99.11066667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 42.519', W 99° 6.64'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 42' 31.1400" N, 99° 6' 38.4000" 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 4531 US-83, Lopeno TX 78564, US
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