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ENCINAL, TEXAS

La Salle County, South Texas
I-35 and Hwy 44
39 miles N of Laredo
29 miles S of Cotulla
116 miles SW of San Antonio

Population: 620

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Encinal Texas - General merchandise letterhead
A letterhead of an early Encinal Business
Courtesy Texas General Land Office Archives and Documents Dept.

History in a Pecan shell:

There had been a small community called Ancaster near or on the land that is now known as Encinal. About the time the International-Great Northern Railroad came through in the early 1880s - there was a stop called Burro. Encinal is Spanish for Oak Grove and this name was submitted for a post office (which was granted) in 1883.


After the railroad came to town - it became a shipping point for sheep and cattle. The first school was established in 1886 and the population was a healthy 900 by 1890. In 1931 the town had three public schools with a total of 363 students.

In 1933 Encinal had a population of 800 and it stayed about the same through the 1940s. After the war the population drifted away until there were only 650 people living there. By 1949 it had dropped to only 300.

Natural gas had been discovered in the area in the 70s. Encinal has doubled its population from 300 people in 1980 to over 600 in 1990.

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