Aguilares, Texas

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Aguilares, Texas
unincorporated community
Coordinates: 27°31′28″N 99°29′26″W / 27.52444°N 99.49056°W / 27.52444; -99.49056
Established 1870
Elevation 181 m (595 ft)
Population (2000)
 • Total 37
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CST (UTC-5)
Zip Code 78369
Area code(s) +1-361
Nearest Airports: Laredo: Laredo International Airport KLRD LRD Nuevo Laredo: Quetzalcoatl International Airport MMNL NLD
Aguilares Mercantile Store 1911

Aguilares is an unincorporated community in Webb County, Texas, United States.

History[edit]

Aguilares dates to 1870. It is named for the first settlers and ranchers, José, Locario, Francisco, Próspero, and Librado Aguilar. It became a stop on the Texas-Mexican Railroad in 1881 and was granted a post office nine years later. The population (thought to be a huge exaggeration) was given as 1,500 in 1910 - but four years later it was reportedly a mere 300. The Aguilar family owned a store - one of the two businesses in the community.

Oil was discovered nearby in Oilton and for a short time the town seemed to have a future - but although (or because) it was on a railroad - it lost population to the nearby county seat of Laredo. In the 1930s, the post office was discontinued and in 1939 Aquilares' population was ten.

It rose to twenty-five by 1945, but the 1990 census again reported ten residents.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elizabeth M. Pease, "Modern Times bring changes to ranching", Laredo Morning Times, August 24, 2014, Walker Supplement, p. 7D, reprint of a November 2000 article

Coordinates: 27°26′55″N 99°05′14″W / 27.44861°N 99.08722°W / 27.44861; -99.08722