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Recent history begins in 1830 when Stephen F. Austin received a Mexican land grant
along the Navidad River. Several other colonists received grants but none of them
were able to develop the land. Finally, in 1849 the land was sold by Austinís
heirs to James DuPrey who operated a ranch here until 1880. Eventually, a rancher
named Clement sold his land in small parcels and platted a town site for a town
to modestly be named after him.
The folks around the area didnít care for
the name Clement and used the more descriptive name of Red Bluff after
the clay banks of the Navidad.
First use of the name Red Bluff was recorded
in the mid 1890s. A store opened in 1895, followed by a school building in 1896.
In 1897 a post office was applied for and granted in the name of Redbluff,
The future looked good for the fledgling community but in 1909
it was bypassed by the St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railroad in favor of
Overnight, Red Bluffers and
their businesses moved to Lolita. By 1915 the post
office had closed Ė essentially ending the Red Bluff era. It was soon dropped
from maps. But in 2000 there were still 35 people keeping the Red Bluff name alive.
If there is more to Red Bluff, I missed it. (There is the cemetery,
which I missed.) - Barclay
County 1920s Map showing Redbluff & Lolita (SE
Texas General Land Office
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