|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 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.