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La GRULLA, TEXAS

Starr County, South Texas

3 Miles S of Highway 83 and Alto Bonito
12 Miles SE of of Rio Grande City
About 18 Miles W of McAllen
Population: 1,211

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was founded in the 1780s by Spanish settlers probably of José de Escandón's group. Prior to 1848, the community was on both sides of the Rio Grande. The name is from the Spanish word for crane, birds that were once abundant on ponds that were once nearby. Postal authorities granted the town a post office in 1912 under the name Grulla, but the community is known by the proper La Grulla.

In 1940 the town had only 250 people living there. Today the town has both a Catholic and Mennonite church (Iglesia Hermanos Mennonitos de Grulla) as well as a junior high and elementary school.

The community has an old brick church which dates to 1849 when it was built on the trail of the Oblate Brothers that ran between Brownsville and Laredo.
TX Starr County 1907s Map
1907 Starr County postal map showing Grulla (La Grulla)
near Hidalgo County Line

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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