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EL OSO, TEXAS

Karnes County, South Texas
FM 626
2 Miles N of Zunkerville
12 Miles W of Kenedy
Population: 00035 (2000)

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El Oso Texas highway scene
El Oso highway scene
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, October 2008
History in a Pecan Shell

El Oso bears a resemblance to its near neighbor Zunkerville. Both were established around the same time before 1920 and the fortunes of both towns rose and fell on the cotton crop. Both towns were centered around a store and gin and both towns had a citizenry of less than 100. The record droughts of the 1950s put many farms under, in turn closing the town’s store. Although it is an estimate, El Oso reportedly had 50 residents through the mid 1960s. In the early 1970s a water supply company was established, aiding many Karnes County residents – and sparing El Oso from oblivion.

El Oso, Texas Today

Photographer's Note:
El Oso Texas is located on FM 626 in SW Karnes Co and about 9 miles SW of Kenedy and about 4 miles N of Pawnee Texas. Mostly ranching country now with scattered residences. - Will Beauchamp,

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El Oso TX  old gas station / store
Old store / gas station in El Oso
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, October 2008
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El Oso TX old barn
Old barn
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El Oso TX Cotton Gin
Old Cotton Gin
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