in a Pecan Shell|
Nopal came into being in the 1870s. Situated
on the Frio River, the settlement seemed to have a slight advantage over other
It acquires a post office in 1879 when it had an estimated
population of 50 which may have reached 75 before the coming of the railroad.
The International and Great Northern railroad built through La Salle County in
the early 1880s and residents flocked to the tracks, seeking a business lifeline,
transportation out, or to simply witness proof that the outside world existed.
post office closed its doors in 1883 and although a school remained open after
the turn of the century, Nopal (or Peru) joined the long list of communities killed
off by the railroad.
Salle County, Texas 1882 Map showing Nopal|
Texas General Land Office