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LOPEÑO, TEXAS

Zapata County, South Texas

Highway 83
20 miles SE of Zapata
69 miles SE of Laredo
20 miles NW of Roma
65 miles NW of McAllan
Population: 179 (2010) 140 (2000)

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The Lopeño Church
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History in a Pecan Shell

There had been an "Old" Lopeño that was covered by water when the Falcon Dam was built in the early 1950s. Five other small communities - Falcon, San Pedro, San José, Santa Fé and El Tigre - were also covered by the reservoir.

The towns dated back to 1749 when the settlers were brought to the area by Col. José de Escandón.

The government had offered to move the towns to Zapata, but the locals wanted to be near the land they had been on for generations. After four days of rain in August 1953 - 450 families of Lopeño and Falcon were hurriedly evacuated from the flooded communities.

The land had been given as a grant by the king of Spain in July of 1767. Part of this grant came to be owned by the Ramírez family, who founded Falcon.

In 1821 at the Lopeño crossing of the river - Benito Ramírez constructed a home/fort, later known as Ft. Lopeño.

During the Cortina War, Company K, of the 5th Infantry regiment, occupied "Camp Lopeño" for twelve days in 1856, before returning to Ringgold Barracks in Rio Grande City.

In 1934, the first producing well in the Lopeño gas field was brought in. Many are still producing today.

A gas pipeline carried the gas to Monterrey, Neuvo León.

When Old Lopeño was about to be moved, the International Boundary and Water Commission announced that all communities would have to move their cemeteries to a single location but the people insisted on separate cemeteries.

Zapata, Texas
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