1920's Photo Courtesy Pablo Garcia
point: 1,500 (1929). Mirando City grew from less than 100 residents
in 1922 to more than 1,000 by 1925.
History in a Pecan Shell
Nicolás Mirando was the town's namesake.
1881: The Texas Mexican Railway laid tracks to the town and a loading
platform was built for sheep and cattle.
In addition to livestock, the area around Mirando City has grown the
peyote cactus. Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, and Starr counties contain
the only commercial range of peyote cactus in the U.S. "Peyoteros"
have harvested peyote for Indians in the United States (for religious
ceremonies) for over a hundred years.
oil field, 1922
Photo Courtesy Pablo Garcia
1921: Oliver Winfield Killam brought in the first commercial oil well
in the area. Killam, who had already promoted the town of Locust Grove
in Oklahoma, bought land in Mirando Valley and started laying out
the town of Mirando City in September 1921. Several months later,
in December, a gusher at another drilling site ushered in an oil boom.
Lots began selling rapidly, and the town quickly became the hub of
activity in the oilfield.
1922: A post office was granted.
A short history of Mirando City's water
Mirando City was established without a nearby water supply.
Until the fall of 1922 all of the drinking water for the town was
hauled from Bruni at a
cost of $13.00 per tank car. In 1922, Wm Sterling and John Long dug
wells in the nearby village of Los Ojuelos, which had flowing springs.
They then laid a pipeline to Mirando City, built a large storage tank,
and installed the town's first water meters. Heavy consumption dropped
the water table and the springs dried up. Attempts at deepening the
wells worked for a short time, but they dried up in the 1930s.
In the fall of 1922 a power plant was built to furnish electricity.
It closed after eight months of operation but was bought in 1923 by
Richard Young, and put back into use.
Short lives in Mirando City
The Mirando City Bank was only open from June 1922 to May 1923. The
Mirando City Record - the town's only newspaper, was first published
by Weldon Pharr in June of 1939. The weekly newspaper, although popular,
stopped in 1941.
© John Troesser
My name is Martha
Sanchez and I live in Mirando City with my four children and my husband
whom was born and raised here in Mirando. I would like to share with
your readers my comments towards Mirando. | was born and raised in
Laredo and lived in Florida for various years and although I had never
been accustomed to small towns, Mirando is a small community that
one can come to visit and would want to stay. In one sentence Mirando
is like it froze in time. Being raised in Laredo I recall living the
way people live in Mirando today. There is a lot of warm hearted,
friendly and helpful people in this town. It is great how Laredo has
expanded so much but, it is very sad to see so much crime. If any
of your readers has time to stop by our small community of Mirando,
you are very welcome to, you will see the difference in the friendliness
of the people that live and work in this small town.
Greetings from Mirando! - Sincerely, Martha Sanchez, August 11,
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