County Seat, South
US Highway 83
State Hwy 85 & FM 2644
S of Uvalde
44 miles SE of Eagle Pass
miles SW of Dilley
8 miles NW of Asherton
Population: 5655 (2000) 5,745 (1990)
Springs 1940s Street scene|
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
in a Pecan Shell
The names: Phillip Dimitt had received the original grant of land as a naturalized
Mexican citizen. He became the honoree for the county name - although the legislature
misspelled Dimitt. People have grown fond of the misspelling over the years and
so it has been kept.
Carrizo is Spanish for reeds.
Springs is the oldest town in Dimmit County. The name comes from the local springs
(and the reeds) and the settlement began around 1865. Families from Atascosa County
moved into the area that year and they were joined the following year with a group
was organized in 1880 and Carrizo Springs was designated the county seat.
In 1880 early settler Levi English donated land for the town including schools,
churches, and a courthouse.
| In 1884
the Dimmit County courthouse
was finished and the Carrizo Springs Javelin was first published. |
population was a healthy 500 persons in 1885.
In 1900 artesian water
was used to irrigate crops and new settlers arrived. In 1904 thirty wells were
irrigating 1,000 acres of cropland.
In 1910 the town incorporated when
the San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad came to town.
had 1,200 people by 1915, and the town was electrified the next year. The 20s
began with a drought, but later in the decade they caught up with the rest of
the nation's prosperity. Streets were paved and the courthouse
By 1928 the population had reached 2,500.
Springs' growth kept it the dominant city in Dimmit County and it had the only
newspaper and only radio station in the county in 1984.
In 1988 the population
Springs Chronicles The
"Toombs County, Georgia is acknowledged to be
the birthplace of the Vidallia Onion. Georgia had been having a problem with weeds
that were growing faster than the locally planted onion sets. Texas transplants,
it was hoped, would give the farmers a much-needed head start and so Texas Granex
onions from Carrizo Springs were shipped there in 1952. ..." more
Water by Mike
"...Word of the amazing restorative qualities
of the water spread faster than the contents of a spilled bucket. The Javelin
said the people of Carrizo Springs got so healthy that the local doctors practically
fell into poverty...."
County Chamber of Commerce|
310 West Nopal / P. O. Box 699
Carrizo Springs, TX 78834-6699
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