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ROSITA, TEXAS
AKA WHITE POINT, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
San Patricio County, Texas Gulf Coast
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Near Nueces Bay


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White Point / Rosita TX  Historical Marker
White Point / Rosita TX Historical Marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp

Photographer's Note:
Located in Southern San Patricio County this marker tells the tale of the small community of White Point or Rosita, Texas. The marker is located in Odem, Texas in their park in the middle of town. - William Beauchamp


History in a Pecan Shell

All that is left of Rosita / White Point today is a cemetery.

The White Brothers (Eddie and Frank) were ranching in the area as early as the mid- 1850s. East Texas rancher Darius C. Rachal brought a herd here to graze and fell in love with the open coastal prairie. The White Brothers sold Rachal land and he settled in.

In 1867 a Yellow Fever outbreak killed a sizeable portion of the tiny populace, hitting the White family hardest. The name White Point is said to either have been named after the Whites, or the appearance of the white dunes or bluffs along the coast.

Mr. Rachal prospered and extended his business into cotton farming. He opened a gin and a store in 1879. Rachal applied for a post office submitting applications under the names White Point and Rachal, but both names were rejected by postal authorities. Finally, in 1892, with Rachal as postmaster. Rosita, Texas came into being. Although it was closed in 1919.

In the 1920s, most of Rosita’s residents moved to nearby Odem. Although the area was depopulated, the Rachal Family remained and continue to own what was once White Point / Rosita.

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