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ABRAM, TEXAS

Hidalgo County, South Texas

Farm Road 1427
SW of McAllen
5 miles SW of Mission (US 83)
1 mile North of the Rio Grande
Population: 5444 (2000) 3,999 (1990) (including the surrounding area)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named for Texas Ranger Abram Dillard, who lived in the vicinity of Ojo de Agua Creek. A ranch by the name Ojo de Agua was established later and the community is sometimes called by this name.

The Ojo de Agua - or watering hole was on the military supply route from Fort Brown to Fort Ringgold. A post office was granted in 1901 and the railroad laid tracks a few miles North of the community three years later.

During one of the Mexican revolutions Abram was the site of a fight between the U. S. Cavalry and bandits that had crossed the river. The population of Abram at this time (1915) was a mere 50 people and it never exceeded 100 people until the 1970s.

A colonia developed near enough to Abram to be included in the area's 1990 census. There is now a population of 5,444 population (2000 census) living in the area.

Greater Abram receives its water from the La Joya Water District.
Texas famous tree montezuma baldcypress in Abram
The record Montezuma Bald Cypress Tree at Abram
Montezuma baldcypress plaque
Montezuma Baldcypress Plaque
Photos Courtesy Ben Cardenas
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St. Mary Magdalene Church Abram TX
St. Mary Magdalene Church in Abram
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, February 2008
Power plant on the Rio Grande
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, February 2008
Nearby Destinations on US 83:
McAllen,/Edinburg, Weslaco to the East.
Los Ebanos, Rio Grande City to the West

Abram, Texas Forum

  • "... This little village has a TREASURE to be shared. There is a 900+ year old tree that stands hidden in the community! Actually, the tree is classified as a "Montezuma Baldcypress," and a sign is posted in front of the tree for authenticity...." - Ben Cardenas, March 14, 2002


    Our thanks to contributor Ben Cardenas for suggesting Abrams and it's record tree for inclusion in Texas Escapes.

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