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    LA ROSITA , TEXAS
    aka Rosita, Texas

    Duval County, South Texas
    1-1/2 miles SW of the junction of Hwy 44 & FM 3196
    On Rosita Creek
    11 Miles W of San Diego
    Population: 00025 (2000)

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    Rosita Texas 1932
    Rosita Texas 1932
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2009
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Founded around the turn of the 20th century, a school preceeded the opening of a post office in 1917 (closed in 1929).

    Prior to the Great Depression the population was a mere five residents, growing to 20 in the late 1940s. The community enjoyed a high-water mark of 25 residents for the 2000 census.

    A Visit to La Rosita

    Photographer's Note:
    Here are a few pic's of what's left of the town of Rosita, Texas. Located in Duval County between the towns of Freer and San Diego. About a 1-1/2 miles SW of the intersection of Hwy 44 and FM 3196. When Hwy 44 was built they were bypassed and its decline was sealed. - William Beauchamp, October 2009
    The Road to La Rosita TX
    The road to La Rosita
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2009
    Entering La Rosita TX
    Entering La Rosita
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2009
    La Rosita TX Holy Cross Catholic Church
    La Rosita Holy Cross Catholic Church
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2009
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    Felipe Valerio Store and Garage historical marker
    Felipe Valerio Store and Garage Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2009
    Historical Marker - On junction of Hwy 44 and FM 3196
    Felipe Valerio Store and Garage
    (1.5 MI. Southeast)

    Built in 1905 by Felipe Valerio (1878-1953) and his wife Jesusa (1886-1973), the Valerio store was an integral part of the small community of La Rosita. Located approximately halfway between San Diego and Freer, the store provided groceries and other goods for residents of this rural area. An increase in business from the area oil boom in the 1930s led to the addition of a gas station and garage. The store also served as a bus station, and Felipe Valerio was local postmaster from 1917 to 1929. Construction of State Highway 44 led to the closing of the store in 1956.
    La Rosita Texas Old Store
    1932 Rosita store
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2009
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    La Rosita TX Old Station
    Old gas station
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2009
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    La Rosita TX -  Palms Gone Wild
    Palms Gone Wild
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2009
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    La Rosita, Texas Forum
  • Subject: Rosita, Duvall County, Tx
    A gas station, beer joint was built up on Hwy 44, known as the Rosita Inn. It was one of the few watering holes between Freer and San Diego. As a child I remember going into the original Rosita store as we lived about 5 miles west toward Freer. Sometime in the 1940's a young girl waiting on a San Diego school bus was attacked and killed by a mountain lion at Rosita. - Gloria Beare, September 09, 2011



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