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RICARDO, TEXAS


Kleberg County, Texas Gulf Coast / South Texas

27 25' 17" N, 97 51' 4" W (27.421389, -97.851111)

Highway 77
6 miles S of Kingsville
5 miles N of Riviera
ZIP code 78363
Area code 361
Population: 1,048 (2010) 1,641 (2000) 120 (1990)

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 Ricardo, Texas - Grain elevator and school buses,
Ricardo school buses and grain elevator
Photo by John Troesser, May 2003
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History in a Pecan Shell

The St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway built a siding that received a depot (1908) at the request of Robert Kleberg, Sr. The station was named Richard, but was soon changed to the Spanish form of Ricardo.

63,000 acres of the King Ranch were put up for sale and by 1917 it was all sold.

Cotton was the main crop and by 1915, J. O. Newton established the town's first gin. By 1931 15,000 acres were planted in cotton.

In 1912 a general mercantile store was opened. A school was built in 1913.

In 1913 Jersey cows were introduced into the area and milk and cream was sold to a waiting market at Kingsville. The cow population increased throughout the 1929s and 30s.

Truck farming was established, but grew slowly.

In 1941electricity reached Ricardo.

Ricardo, Texas - bee mascot
Ricardo school mascot
Photo by John Troesser, May 2003


Ricardo, Texas - Rialroad tracks
Ricardo, Texas looking north
Photo by John Troesser, May 2003

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Ricardo, Texas Nearby Towns:
Kingsville the county seat
Riviera
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