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ARMSTRONG, TEXAS


Kenedy County, South Texas / Texas Gulf Coast

26 55' 29.64" N, 97 47' 24.72" W (26.9249, -97.7902)

Highway 77
20 miles S of Sarita the county seat
36 miles S of Kingsville
50 miles N of Harlingen
76 miles N of Brownsville
Population: 20 (2000)

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Armstrong TX - Post Office
Armstrong Post Office, TX 78338
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, September 2011

History in a Pecan Shell

Captain James B. Armstrong founded the Armstrong Ranch around 1893. In 1904 the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad came through and added the ranch to its stops. The railroad sold out to the larger Missouri Pacific. The first post office operated under the name of Katherine, but was renamed in 1915.

The highest population occurred in 1929 at 25 persons, although when a bus from the Rio Grange Valley occasionally breaks down near Armstrong the population temporarily swells to 40 or more. Amenities are few and it's hard to see where Armstrong's 20 estimated residents actually live.

We include tiny Armstrong in our town pages for two main reasons: One, people have asked if the post office is for real, and two, there's not a lot of other towns to write about in Kenedy County.

Armstrong Texas post office
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Armstrong Ranch

Armstrong Texas post office

"Major James B. Durst purchased the Armstrong Ranch land in 1853. His daughter married the Texas Ranger Capt. John B. Armstrong in 1878, and they moved their family to the property in 1882. Their descendants continue to run the ranch today.

In 1904 the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad came through and added the ranch to its stops. The railroad sold out to the larger Missouri Pacific. The first post office operated under the name of Katherine, but was renamed in 1915.

Highway 77 was completed through the ranch in 1940." - Tobin Armstrong, Armstrong Ranch, Armstrong, TX, April 23, 2002




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Kenedy County Texas 1940s map
Kenedy County 1940s map showing Armstrong
S of Sarita , N of Raymondville
From Texas state map #4335
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Harlingen
Brownsville
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