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ENCINO, TEXAS


Brooks County, South Texas

26 56' 31" N, 98 6' 38" W (26.941944, -98.110556)

Highway 281
18 miles S of Falfurrias the county seat
ZIP code 78353
Area code 361
Population: 143 (2010) 177 (2000)
Total area: 6.7 square miles, all land

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Encino TX Post Office
Encino Post Office 78353
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History in a Pecan Shell

Its site is within Luciano Chapa's 1832 Mexican land grant, called La Encantada y Encina del Pozo ("Enchanted Place and Live Oak in a Hole"), a name reportedly derived from a large live oak at the site, around which a hole gradually developed as wind erosion and animals seeking the oak's shade wore down the surrounding land. The Encino community was established at the site in the early 1900s as a roundup point for cattle raised by Mexican cattlemen. The Texas and New Orleans Railroad was completed through Encino in 1904, and a post office was established there in 1914.

The community's population in 1925 was fifty, and it remained at that level until 1939, when a population of 100 was reported. The population of Encino was estimated at 200 by 1941, but it dropped to 125 by 1945. In 1948 Encino had three schools, a church, and several dwellings. In 1970 the community's population was 110, and in 1976 it had eleven businesses. In 1982 Encino had a school, a church, three businesses, and several dwellings. During the early 1990s it was a dispersed community with nine businesses and 110 inhabitants.

Encino TX - Highway 281 Bus.
Highway 281 Bus. to Encino
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Historical Marker (from Encino, 281 business south one mile):

El Encino del Poso (The Oak in the Hole):

In this vicinity once stood a magnificent live oak tree that was an early landmark on the South Texas Plains for many years. Noted for its size and its wide canopy, it was located in a large hollow created by livestock that gathered beneath its branches and by winds that eroded the exposed soil. El Encino del Poso was a landmark for early trails and land grants. It also served as the location of a stagecoach station and as the basis for naming Encino (1 mi. N). The tree died in the 1890s, before the formation of Brooks County, the victim of an extended drought.
1986

Brook County Texas - El Encino del Poso (The Oak in the Hole) Historical Marker
El Encino del Poso (The Oak in the Hole)
Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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Encino TX - St. Anne Catholic Church
Encino St. Anne Catholic Church
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Encino TX - Store
Encino store
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Encino TX - Lonesome TX POP  1
Feline residents
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Encino TX - Water Tower
Encino Water Tower
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Encino, Texas Nearby Towns:
Falfurrias the county seat
Hebbronville
Alice
Kingsville
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