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ARTESIA WELLS, TEXAS

La Salle County, South Texas

28 16' 48" N, 99 17' 4" W (28.28, -99.284444)

Junction of I-35 and FM 133
11 Miles S of Cotulla the county seat
18 Miles N of Encino
21 Miles E of Catarina
Population: 35 Est. (2010, 2000) 30 Est. (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Once known as simply Bart, Texas, the town decided to rename it after the life-giving springs that had caused the railroad (The International-Great Northern) to make it a water stop.

The town was platted in 1907 and irrigation brought in a few farmers. Growth was between slow and none for thirty years. The town was granted a post office in 1909 and by 1920 the population had reached 100 people. This number declined in the mid 1930s to only 50 citizens - growing to 125 by 1939.

With increased mobility after WWII the town declined back to only 50 people. Construction of Interstate 35 destroyed much of the former downtown - dashing any hopes of a comeback or renewed growth.


TX - La Salle  County 1920s map
1920s La Salle County map showing Bart (Artesia Wells P.O.)
From Texas state map #10749

Courtesy Texas General Land Office



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South Texas

Artesia Wells, Texas Nearby Towns:
Cotulla the county seat
Encinal
Laredo
Fowlerton
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