|Elevation||181 m (595 ft)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CST (UTC-5)|
|Nearest Airports: Laredo: Laredo International Airport KLRD LRD Nuevo Laredo: Quetzalcoatl International Airport MMNL NLD|
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.
- Gene S. Walker, Sr., South Texas rancher and businessman, lived at his Vaquillas Ranch in Aguilares until his death in January 2015.
- 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