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  • SANTA CRUZ, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Duval County, South Texas
    Ranch Road 1329
    5 miles NE of Conception
    16 miles E of Realitos
    16 miles SE of Benavides

    25 miles S of San Diego

    Population: 0

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    Santa Cruz TX - Cattle Guard
    Cattle Guard
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Once included in the Santa Cruz de Concepción land grant, the village took its name from that source when a post office opened in 1906.

    There were enough families to warrant the post office and provide 19 pupils for the local school. Although little is recorded of the town’s early years, it was reported that Santa Cruz had a population of 100 (supported by three businesses) in the mid 1930s.

    Over the years the businesses dwindled until there were none and the death-blow came in the 1960s when the school merged with the Premont ISD. Today only two cemeteries remain.
    Santa Cruz TX Cemetery
    Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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    Santa Cruz TX - Country Road

    Country Road
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

    Santa Cruz TX - Los Olmos Creek
    Los Olmos Creek
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
    Santa Cruz TX Road Sign
    Santa Cruz Road
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
    Duval County Texas 1920s map
    1920s Duval County map showing Santa Cruz N of Falfurrias near Duval/Jim Wells County line. Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, and vintage/historic photos of their town, please contact us.

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