Santa Rita, Texas

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Santa Rita, Texas
EstablishedLate 18th century
 • Total0
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CST)
Area code(s)+1-956
Nearest Airports: Brownsville: Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport Matamoros: General Servando Canales International Airport

Santa Rita, Texas, now a ghost town, was a town near Brownsville, Texas in Cameron County, Texas, United States.[1] It is believed to have been the first government seat in the county in 1848, and perhaps the earliest town to have been named by English-speaking people from the area.[1] Around the late 18th century, this area was a ranching community, even before the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas was established in 1826.[1] When Brownsville, Texas was finally elected as the county seat a few months later, most of the residents from Santa Rita left to the winning townsite. By the late 1930s, nothing remained in Santa Rita.[1] Today, Santa Rita is found near the colonia of Villa Nueva (San Pedro), a historical site in the Rio Grande Valley, northwest of the city of Brownsville, Texas.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Santa Rita, Texas". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  2. ^ Rozeff, Norman. "The Story of Cameron County Courthouses". Valley History. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011.

Coordinates: 25°58′46″N 97°35′56″W / 25.97944°N 97.59889°W / 25.97944; -97.59889