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 Texas : Towns A-Z / Hill Country : Rio Frio

RIO FRIO, TEXAS

On the Frio River
Real County, Texas Hill Country
Highway 83, FM1120
5 miles S of Leakey
22 miles SW of Vanderpool
35 miles N of Uvalde
86 miles NW of San Antonio
Population: 50 (Est)

Rio Frio Area Hotels: Uvalde Hotels | San Antonio Hotels

Frio River
Frio River
Photo courtesy Linda Kirkpatrick, October 2007
The Frio River runs parallel between Highway 83 and FM 112 from Leakey . The 200 mile river flows into the Nueces River - a mile south of Three Rivers - after joining with the Leona River and Sabinal. (See Swimming to Mexico )

Rio Frio History and Attractions:

  • Rio Frio History & Timeline of Significant Historic Events
  • The White Lady of Rio Frio - A ghost that haunts the banks of the Frio River
  • Rio Frio Landmark Oak
  • Rio Frio Nearby Destinations
  • Rio Frio Texas LombardyIrrigation Ditch Historic Marker
    Lombardy Irrigation Ditch Historic Marker
    TE photo, 2001
    History in a Pecan shell

    The town was settled between 1856 and 1860 and many early settlers had previously lived in Leakey . Rio Frio's population has never exceeded seventy-five people.

    Rio Frio was once known only as "The Ditch" after an irrigation ditch dug by the Lombardy Trading Company. Very near the tree the same company opened an Academy for the education of the area children which soon became a well-regarded institution.

    A short timeline of significant historic events in Rio Frio

    1868: Local businessmen constructed a gravity-flow irrigation canal off the Frio River.
    1871: A school was established
    1875: A charter was granted for the Lombardy Irrigation Company and the town was granted a post office. The Irrigation Company then sold small plots to arriving settlers who had the responsibility of maintaining the canal.
    1918: Real County's last cotton gin closed after a boll weevil infestation and this gave birth to the mohair business.
    1920: A church building was built - serving both Baptists and Methodists. The building was later made a mission serving the Mexican and Mexican-Americans of the area.

    Rio Frio Stories

    Rio Frio Cemetery
    Rio Frio Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Linda Kirkpatrick, October 2007

    The White Lady of Rio Frio by Linda Kirkpatrick
    Story of a ghost that haunts the banks of the Frio River

    The Rio Frio Landmark Oak
    Rio Frio Landmark Oak, Rio Frio, Texas
    The historic Rio Frio Landmark Oak
    Photo courtesy Don Eichler, 2006
    Rio Frio Nearby Destinations
  • A few miles north to Leakey or south to Concan
  • Lost Maples State Natural Area
  • Garner State Park
  • FM 337, a scenic drive
  • Swimming to Mexico, Part III - A trip

    Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce
    P.O. Box 743 Leakey, TX 78873
    830-232-5222.
  • Rio Frio, Texas
    TE photo, 2001
    Frio River , Rio Frio Texas
    Frio River Texas. TE photo
    Swimming to Mexico
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