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
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
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 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
Photo courtesy Gerald
Massey, October 2010
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