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QUEMADO, TEXAS

Maverick County, South Texas
Highway 277
1.5 miles E of the Rio Grande
18 miles NW of Eagle Pass

Population 426 (1990) 243 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Spanish explorers believed the region to be scorched by volcanic activity. Actually, it only means that their visit occurred during a Texas Summer.

Spanish visitation of the area occurred as early as 1675 with The Bosque-Larios expedition.

In the 1870s Swedish farmers and dairymen transmigrated from the Texas Panhandle. A prominent landowner subdivided his property and offered smaller farms to new settlers in 1871.

By 1897 the community had a one room schoolhouse with one teacher and 30 pupils.

Honey production and beekeeping were introduced in the early 1900s.

By 1915 the population was reported as 100.

In 1932 the Maverick County Irrigation Canal was formed to provide water.

A post office opened in 1934.

In 1936 Quemado was thriving with five groceries, three filling stations, a post office, a tourist camp, a canning plant, a tile manufacturing operation and of course, a school.

In 1946 the population was 314 and it soared to 950 in the mid-1950s. By the late 60s it had decreased to only 426.

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Remembering Grandma & Dado (Elmer F. and Clara B. Sanders) in Quemado, Texas by O. Polly (Ford) Wright
Quemada mid 1940s to mid 1950s
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