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LOMA VISTA, TEXAS
AKA Luma Vista

Texas Ghost Town
Zavala County, South Texas
FM 1867
About 12 Miles S of Batesville
NE of Crystal City
Population: 0


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John Quince Adams on quarter horse Tiger
See Adios Pastor by Barbara Duvall Wesolek
John Quincy Adams, Jr.

History in a Pecan Shell

The name means Hill View in Spanish and the hill for which the community took its name is still there - about two miles north of the former town. United States surveyors once used Loma Vista as a geographic reference point. Much earlier, the site had been on the Spanish Upper Presidio Road.

There have been unsuccessful attempts at dryland farming but ranching is what was found to be the best alternate.

Settlement occurred in the mid 1870s when A. D. Everett, his three sons and three sons-in-law establish a cattle pen here. The pen connected to Everett's larger "spread" in Western Zavala County.

With the help of neighbor rancher Jesse Adams, the combined work force of the two families dug wells and built houses along the connecting road.

Everett and Adams families became the seed of what would become the Loma Vista community. The first order of business was acquiring a post office. This important building block was granted in 1879 under the name of Luma Vista (perhaps due to poor penmanship on the postal application).

The Loma Vista cemetery was established on Everett family property a few years later. By the mid 1880s, Loma Vista had two stores, two saloons (beer only) and a school to teach local children. At some point a second school opened, but only one teacher was available for both. By 1908 the community was back to a single school.

In 1912 the community consisted of a single saloon, the post office, school and residences. Baptists and the Church of Christ held meetings in the schoolhouse; the congregations too small to build proper churches.

The post office was discontinued in the mid 1920s although the school remained until it merged with the Crystal City ISD in 1939.

By 1945 the population was reported as 125 residents scattered across large and small farms and ranches. Population figures are not available to show the decline, but in the early 1970s only two houses were left and by the late 1980s, the cemetery was the only reminder that there had once been a community here.

People

Adios Pastor by Barbara Duvall Wesolek
John Quincy Adams, Jr.
TX - Loma Vista Cemetery
Loma Vista Cemetery Entrance
Courtesy Tim & Gail Dorrycott, Findagrave.com
TX - Loma Vista Cemetery
Loma Vista Cemetery
Courtesy Tim & Gail Dorrycott, Findagrave.com
Zavala County TX Loma Vista  1926 Postmark
Zavala County TX Loma Vista  1926 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with 1926 Loma Vista postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Zavalla County TX 1920s Map
Zavalla County TX 1920s Map showing Loma Vista
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Zavala County TX Luma Vista  1910 Postmark
Zavala County TX Luma Vista  1910 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with 1910 Loma Vista spelled as Luma Vista postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Zavalla County TX 1907 Postal Map
Zavalla County 1907 postal map showing Loma Vista as "Lumavista"
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Loma Vista, Texas
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