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SANTA CRUZ, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Duval County, South Texas

Farm Road 1329 and Los Olmos Creek
25 miles S of San Diego the county seat
16 miles SE of Benavides
SW of Alice
N of Falfurrias
Population: 0

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Santa Cruz TX - Los Olmos Creek
Los Olmos Creek
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 - Cattle Guard
Cattle Guard
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
Santa Cruz TX Cemetery
Cemetery
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

The Cemetery in Santa Cruz and the Saenz family

"I am emailing about the cemetery in Santa Cruz, Cruz Calle TX. That's my family's Saenz family. It was across the street from the original ranch house. The main house was called Casa Blanca. My Great Grandfather's name was Manuel Saenz Vera Escobar. He is buried in the cemetery. All of his sons and daughters are buried there. The oldest graves are from early 1800s. There used to be a red brick wall that surrounded the cemetery. Over the years it decayed and the fence you see in the photos is still present. Everyone buried there is related to my family." - Thanks, Roger D. Saenz, March 27, 2019
Santa Cruz TX Cemetery
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
More Texas Cemeteries
Santa Cruz TX - Country Road

Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010

Santa Cruz TX Road Sign
Santa Cruz Road
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
More Texas Signs

Santa Cruz, TX 1936 postmark
Santa Cruz, TX 1936 postmark
Cover cancelled with Santa Cruz, Texas 1936 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
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

Take a road trip

Santa Cruz, Texas Nearby Towns:
San Diego the county seat
Benavides | Hebbronville |
Alice | Kingsville | Laredo | Corpus Christi
See Duval County
South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast

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