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HEBBRONVILLE, TEXAS

Jim Hogg County Seat, South Texas
Highway 16, 359, 285 and FM 1017
56 miles E of Laredo
35miles W of Falfurrias
53 miles SW of Alice
63 miles SW of Kingsville
148 S of San Antonio via Hwy 16

Population: 4,498 (2000)

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Hebbronville TX - Scotus College
The Scotus College, next to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010

Hebbronville, Texas Topics of Interest:

History
  • History in a Pecan Shell
  • Jim Hogg County Centennial Marker

    Landmarks & Attractions
  • Hebbronville, Texas Landmarks/Attractions
  • Jim Hogg County Courthouse next page
  • Jim Hogg County Jail next page
  • Hotel Viggo next page
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
  • History in a Pecan Shell

    The county was named after James Stephen Hogg, the Governor of Texas. Like Jim Wells County, the familiar Jim in lieu of James reflects the less formal attitude of Texas south of San Antonio. Be thankful it's not Jimmy Hogg.

    The town dates from 1883 when the Texas Mexican Railroad built through the area. Francisco Pena was the stationmaster at the railroad stop he modestly named Pena. He refused to sell a right-of-way to the railroad, so they loaded the station onto a flatcar and moved it to land owned by rancher James Hebbron.

    Hebbronville became the county seat with a unanimous vote of 176. Mr. Pena's reaction was not mentioned in our source.

    James R Hebbron portrait, Hebbronville, Texas

    James R. Hebbron

    "This is a photo of my half great-uncle James R. Hebbron. A copy of this photo hangs in Hebbronville's courthouse. J.R. was born in London, England in 1828 and spent much of his time in the US in what later became Salinas, California. However, he did much to develop cattle ranching around Hebbronville for a time. He finally died, aged 98, in 1926!"
    - Chris Hebbron, June 20, 2006
    Jim Hogg County Texas Centennial Marker
    Texas Centennial Marker on courthouse square
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
    Centennial Marker Text
    Jim Hogg County
    Formed from Brooks and Duval Counties
    Created March 31, 1913
    Organized August 11, 1913
    Named in honor of James Stephen Hogg
    1851-1906
    First native Texan to serve as governor
    Father of the Railroad Commission
    Hebbronville, the county seat
    Hebbronville, Texas Landmarks/Attractions
    1913 Jim Hogg County Courthouse, Hebbronville, Texas
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
    Jim Hogg County Courthouse
    Hebbronville, Texas - Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
    Hebbronville, Texas - Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church dome
    Church dome
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
    Hebbronville, Texas - Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church altar and skylight
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Altar
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
    More Texas Churches
    Hebbronville TX - 1915 Hotel Viggo
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2010
    Hotel Viggo
    A hotel built by Viggo Kohler in 1915 when the town's population was 400.
    A landmark on the Jim Hogg County Courthouse Square
    Franciscan Seminary in Hebbronville
    The Franciscan Seminary with modest neighbors in foreground.
    TE Photo
    Franciscan Seminary
    During the 20s and 30s - the anti-Catholic Mexican government caused a Franciscan Seminary to relocate to Hebbronville. It remains the most impressive edifice in Hebbronville, including the courthouse. It is still owned by the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico.
    Piggly Wiggly Sign
    road signs in Hebbronville
    L - A Piggly Wiggly Ghost Sign in downtown.
    R - South Texas signage humor
    Texas Mexican Railroad Car lettering
    Faded boxcar lettering is
    a reminder of Hebbronville's beginning.
    gas station in Hebbronville
    A former Spanish Revival Gas Station
    Marilyn Monroe
    Hebbronville Texas railroad station
    Jim Hogg County Courthouse
    Left - Hebbronville's sunshine has given Marilyn a slight tan
    Center - Hebbronville's former depot
    Right - Jim Hogg County courthouse
    TE Photos
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