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ZAPATA, TEXAS


Zapata County Seat, South Texas

26 54' 22" N, 99 16' 12" W (26.906244, -99.270007)

Hwy 83 at the International Reservoir
3.8 miles S of San Ygnacio
50 miles S of Laredo
182 miles SW of San Antonio
ZIP code 78076
Area code 956
Population: 5,089 (2010) 4,856 (2000) 4,594 (1990)

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Zapata TX  - Museum in Zapata
Frontier Ranch Museum
TE Photo, November 2001

History in a Pecan Shell

Zapata dates to Spanish land grants that go back to 1767.

When the first settlers crossed the Rio Grande the town was called Habitacion. Then Carrizo, then Bellville after Governor Peter Bell. Finally the permanent name of Zapata was authorized to honor Col. Antonio Zapata, one of the founders of the Republic of the Rio Grande.

In the early 1850s, two military posts, Camp Drum and Camp Harney, were located at Zapata to combat border disturbances and prevent Indian attacks.

In 1842 the men of the Somervell expedition briefly occupied the town. It was here that received orders to abandon the expedition. Those that refused to turn back went on to become captured by the Mexicans.

The population of Zapata increased suddenly when people from Guerrero crossed the river to escape the Mexican Revolution.

In 1953 the town was moved to higher ground when Falcon Dam was built.

Zapata is a gas and oil well center.

Zapata County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2006
Zapata County Courthouse

Zapata Area Attractions

  • Falcon State Park -
    US 83 to FM 2098, southwest 3 miles to Park Road 46.

  • Falcon Reservoir

  • Zapata Hotels

  • Zapata County Courthouse 1901 Texas
    The 1901 Zapata County Courthouse now under Falcon Reservoir
    Click on image to enlarge

    1939 photo courtesy TXDoT


    TX -  Zapata billborad
    Entering Zapata
    TE Photo, November 2001


    TX -  Zapata billborad - Viva Zapata
    Viva Zapata
    TE Photo, November 2001


    TX Zapata County 1920s Map
    Zapata County 1920s map showing Zapata
    From Texas state map #10749
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Zapata, Texas Nearby Towns:
    San Ygnacio
    Laredo
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