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ASHERTON, TEXAS

Dimmit County, South Texas
Highway 83
58 miles S of Uvalde
8 miles S of Carrizo Springs
73 miles N of Laredo

Population: 1608


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Asherton Texas watertower
The Asherton water tower
Photo Courtesty Jason Penney

History in a Pecan Shell

A timeline of significant historic events:

1902: Asher Richardson was a rancher who built the town after buying a huge tract of land in a special state sale. He formed the Asherton Land and Irrigation Company which was to develop 48,000-acres.
1905: Telephone service was connected and construction began on essential buildings.
1909: The town was granted a post office
1910: The Asherton and Gulf Railway began running
1915: The population reaches 1,000 people, with a bank, hotels, blacksmiths, three stores and a lumber yard.
1925: The town is incorporated.
1927: Asherton becomes one of the largest producers of Bermuda onions in the U. S.
1929: The population reaches 2,000, but begins a slow decline that lasts until the 1950s.
1954: Asherton has 2,425 people.


Texas Historic Landmark:
Bel Asher in Asherton Texas
Bel-Asher c.1910, designed by architect Alfred Giles
823 Forest Avenue

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AshertonTX, Bel-Asher Historical Marker
Bel-Asher Historical Marker
Photo Courtesty Jason Penney
Historical Marker Text

Bel-Asher

Designed by noted San Antonio architect Alfred Giles and built in 1910, this imposing structure was the home of Asher Richardson and his wife, Mary Isabelle (Belle). Richardson developed the town of Asherton, routing his railroad, the Asherton and Gulf Railway Co., through the city in 1905. Christened with a combination of the Richardsons' first names, the house has remained in the family for generations. An architectural hybrid with some prairie school style influences, Bel-Asher features native sandstone construction and large projecting eaves.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1990

Photo courtesy Shirley McMillan

Asherton and Gulf Railway >

The railroad's offices had originally been in Carrizo Springs.

From 1905 to 1909 the railroad was known as the Nueces Valley, Rio Grande and Mexico Railway Company.

In 1909, 12 miles of track opened between Artesia Wells and Light, Texas and before the year was over, the last 20 miles between Light and Asherton were completed... more

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