in a Pecan Shell
According to the Handbook of Texas, the name translates as
either "windy" or "noisy." This either refers to the omnipresent wind
or the sound of water falling over an irrigation dam.
The settlement was once a penal colony established by the Spanish
in the 1820s. Prisoners were sent to the remote area to guard ranches
in northern Chihuahua against Indian raids. The uninspired prisoners
were so often on the losing side that the project was abandoned.
Much later, in 1872, an American named William Russell constructed
ditches to irrigate a farm and a flour mill - a successful operation
that prospered for thirty years.
As late as 1879 the farm was attacked by Mescalero Apaches resulting
in four settlers killed and three wounded.
By 1914 the community had a post office and 100 citizens. Cotton was
planted and a gin constructed. In the late 20s there were about 300
residents in the area. The gin closed in 1936 and by 1954 the post
office discontinued mail delivery. In late 2004 the town consisted
of a few buildings and was listed for sale.
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Family from Ruidosa, Texas
My father, Isaac Prieto Hernandez was born in this small village
6-3-1921. His two sister's were married in the old historical church,
Carmen and Benita Hernandez. My father attended the school also
pictured in the photos. The family moved to Marfa years later, then
migrated to southern New Mexico. - Ben Hernandez, Artesia, NM,
December 31, 2011
Ruidosa, Tx church picture
The picture of the church ruins is of a church in Ruidosa, Tx as
you are leave heading toward Candelaria,
Tx - Florencio Garcia, March 26, 2008
Family from Ruidosa
Dear TE, My grandmother "Reyes Negrete" was born in Ruidosa on April
12,1898, her parents were Sebastian DeAnda & Reyes Ochoa (maiden).
They later moved to Van Horn, but I'm not sure of the year. Thanks
for the pictures and information on the town. - Ben Negrete,
September 21, 2007
Long line of Nunez in Ruidosa, Texas
Dear TE, My mother was born and grew up in Ruidosa, Texas. Her name
was Dora Nunez and her parents were: Jesus F. Nunez and Maria L.
Nunez. There was a long line of Nunez's back in Ruidosa who had
businesses. My grandfather was the postmaster of the Ruidosa post
office. My mother has wonderful memories of her town, Ruidosa. -
J. Garcia, Alpine, Texas, January 29, 2007
Memories of Ruidosa
I was born in Ruidosa in 1940 and my grandparents were the only
owners of the grocery store. They had a lot of land, and I just
discovered not too long ago the Fuentes cemetery. When I saw the
pictures it brought a heartbeat to my heart and I hope to go there
one more time before I leave this world .. I was just 9 years old
the last time I was there. We used to cross the river to get to
the other side to visit the folks. Keep up the good work. - Catarina
Fuentes, January 24, 2007
Photo of the Old Church
Last year about this time I visited Ruidosa, Texas and noted with
interest the Old Church in ruins there.
Thanks for making these stories of these interesting places available.
I'm fascinated by that country down there. - Jim Horn, April
County 1940s map showing Ruisdosa
( Below "P" in "P-R-E-S-I-D-I-O")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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