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 back from 1870, it was named after 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 town's two businesses.

Oil was discovered nearby in Oilton, Texas 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, Texas. In the 1930s the post office was discontinued and in 1939 Aquilares' population was given as 10.

It rose to 25 by 1945 but the 1990 census again reported ten residents. Aguilares modest claim to fame was being the birthplace of television and movie character actor Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez.

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