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FRIO COUNTY, TEXAS

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    Frio County History

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    FRIO COUNTY
    (Created 1858, Organized 1871)

    Home of Pachal Indians before Spaniards arrived in Mexico (1519). First area explorer was Alonso de Leon, 1690, searching for Fort St. Louis founded by La Salle.

    Upper Presidio Road--artery of travel from Saltillo, Mexico, to East Texas--crossed Frio River and became a King's Highway, 1720. Frio Town, first county seat, was located on the road, over which Santa Anna marched to destroy defenders of the Alamo in 1836.

    County took name from Frio (a Spanish word which means "cold") River. The county seat moved to Pearsall, 1883. Jail, built 1884, is the oldest building in town.

    Frio County Courthouse
    Frio County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Frio County Town List

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    County Seat - Pearsall
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  • Derby
  • Divot ghost town
  • Frio Town ghost town
  • Moore
  • Pearsall county seat
  • Schattel

  • Frio County Vintage Maps
    Frio County TX 1907 psotal map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Frio County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Frio County TX 1920s map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Frio County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Frio County 1920s map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Frio County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    TX - Frio County historical marker
    Frio County historical marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2009

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