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RAMIREŅA, TEXAS
aka Ramirena

Texas Ghost Town
Live Oak County, South Texas


14 Miles SE of George West
Population 0

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A story not of a town, but of an enduring friendship

Just after the Civil War, veteran William Pugh had the dubious distinction of being the first veteran to die after hostilities ceased. He was a close friend to Pedro Torres and Victoriano Chapa, sheep ranchers who lived across the river. Pugh left behind a widow and six children and after his death, Victoriano would swim the river to check on the welfare of the remaining Pughs.

When Victoriano grew too old to swim the river, his son Precalando took over the chore, which continued until the Pugh children were old enough to fend for themselves.

Ramirena had a post office from 1879 to 1921. No population figures exist. Today the town has dissolved into ranchland, although descendants of the families remain in the immediate area.

Our source reports that Thelma Lindholm of George West, Texas who taught school in the area for 47 years, was a direct descendant of Bill Pugh and taught many of the descendants of Victoriano Chapa.

Both families are familiar with the story and their friendship continues to this day.

by John Troesser
Source: Little Towns of Texas, 1982, Jayroe Publishing, Jacksonville, Texas.
Live Oak County TX map
1920s map showing Ramirena (Southern Live Oak County)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Live Oak County TX map
Live Oak County 1940s map. Ramirena no longer on the map.
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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