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REALITOS, TEXAS

Duval County, South Texas
State Highway 359 between Benevides and Hebbronville on Macho Creek
13 Miles NE of Hebbronville
13 Miles SW of Benavides
38 Miles SW of Alice
48 Miles SW of Kingsville
30 Miles S of Freer
59 Miles E of Laredo

Population: 209 (2000)

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Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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History in a Pecan Shell

Other than it being part of the former Santos García Spanish land grant, there is little history prior to the mid 1880s. A post office was granted in 1886 and by 1890 the population had reached 400 residents served by two general stores. In two years the population had doubled to 800, although that was an estimate. This was the town's population peak - although the infrastructure had only increased slightly from its 1886 basic businesses.

In 1913 there was proposal to create a new county - to be named Pat Dunn. Political shenagagans deprived Realitos of a voting box, insuring that Realitos' rival town (Benavides) would gain county seat status. By the State Legislature threw out establishment of the proposed county on a technicality, sparing the region redistricting and a bitter rivalry between the two towns.

The year 1914 showed a population of just 225 and as late as the 1980s it remained under 300. The town retained a school in the 1960s, but this merged with the Benavides school in the mid 1970s.

Realitos Today

Photographer's Note:
"This is a quaint village located on the main highway and the Texas-Mexican (now Kansas City Southern) Railroad. You can zip past it easily on the high-speed highway that cuts through it, however, by taking your time, you visit a classic, typical South Texas town with some unique dwellings and a couple of places representitive of what passed for entertainment prior to the 1980s. Most interesting is the picturesque historic Scared Heart Catholic Church. This little jewel sits hidden - just one block from the main highway. However, this little ol' Texas town is not as peaceful as you might think when the colorful locomotives of the KCS come thundering through the town, headed from the border pulling a long train of goods." - Gerald Massey
Once a pool hall
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
Old Store
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Old Closed Gas Station
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Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
Duval County Texas 1920s map
1920s Duval County map showing Realitos
(Below "U" in DUVAL") SW of Benavides
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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