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PALITO BLANCO, TEXAS

Jim Wells County, South Texas

FM 735 where it meets CR-440
14 Miles E of Benevides
22 Miles W of Kingsville
13 Miles SW of Alice
48 Miles W of Corpus Christi
Population: 00035 (1990)

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Palito Blanco Texas old business
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Although the Spanish words translate into ‘small white saplings”, locals claim that the Mexican ranchers who first came here named it after hackberry trees they found.

The first population figure is from the 1891 when the village reported 25 residents. It wasn’t until 1916 when the first post office opened, but that soon closed and residents had to wait until 1928 before it was reestablished.

The 1933 population was reported as 20 with five businesses in operation. It peaked in 1943 with 100 residents counted but it dropped like a stone for the 1950 census with only 40 people counted.

It has remained more or less frozen in time, with an estimated 35 residents in 1990.

Palito Blanco, Texas Today

Photographer's Note:
"Palito Blanco is an interesting village. It is off the major highways and is indeed an out of the way place. I was surprised to find that it has its own school, has two cemeteries and a small church. It has one place of entertainment, the G & G Bar (open only on Saturday and Sunday) in business since 1968." - Gerald Massey
Palito Blanco Texas highway sign
Entering Palito Blanco
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
Palito BlancoT X St. Joseph Catholic Church
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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Palito Blanco Texas old store
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
Palito Blanco Texas Cemetery  - old home
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
Palito Blanco Texas Cemetery  - Gonzalez gravesite
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
Palito Blanco Texas Cemetery  - Gonzalez grave  iron gate
Old iron gate in the cemetery
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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