County Seat, South Texas
28°31'36"N 99°51'45"W (28.526699, -99.862423)
US Highway 83
State Hwy 85 & FM 2644
50 miles S of Uvalde
44 miles SE of Eagle Pass
45 miles SW of Dilley
8 miles NW of Asherton
82 miles NW of Laredo
45 miles N of the Mexico
Population: 5,800 Est. (2016)
5,368 (2010) 5,655 (2000) 5,745 (1990)
1940s Street scene
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
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.
Carrizo 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 from Goliad.
Dimmit County 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Carrizo 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 was 7,553.
"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 Cox ("Texas
"...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...."
Texas Justice by Dianne West Short
| Dimmit County
Chamber of Commerce
310 West Nopal / P. O. Box 699
Carrizo Springs, TX 78834-6699
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