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PEÑA STATION, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Jim Hogg County, South Texas
Located at the eastern boundary of present-day Hebbronville

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1882 TX Encinal and Duval County Map
1882 map of Encinal (ghost county) & Duval County (before Jim Hogg county was established) showing "Pena" (Below "D' in "DUVAL" near county line)
Red Line is the Route of the Texas Mexican Railroad

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

History in a Pecan Shell

Begun as a crossroads freight station used by Mexican ox cart freighters, it wasn’t until 1875 when buildings came into being on what had been El Mesquite Rancho. Peña Station began appearing on maps and railroad station lists. The Texas-Mexican Railway made adjustments so that trains ran near the ranch and in 1881 it became an official stop.

For many years, Ringgold Barracks (Fort Ringgold) was supplied from Corpus Christi and San Antonio through Peña Station. But because there was gap between the station and the railroad tracks, it allowed James R. Hebbron to build his own station even closer to the railroad. Hebbron platted a town and when it acquired its own post office, Peña Station started disappearing from maps – replaced by Hebbronville.

But it remained as a place because it was still the shortest distance between Ringgold and its suppliers. The military used it as well as the freighters, preferring the flatland over the Rio Grande route which was subject to washouts and had much thicker growth. As long as the route was in use, Peña Station was still referred to by newspapers and the occasional book that might mention the place.

Jim Hogg County - Pena Station, TX  info
Jim Hogg County - Pena Station, TX  1893 Postmark
Cover cancelled with 1893 Peña Station postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
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