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original owner of the Rossville site was Col. José Antonio Navarro, the
namesake of Navarro County. In the 1870s he bequeathed the site to his son J.A.
George Navarro who subdivided the land into small farms, each having access to
the Atascosa River.
Scotsman John Ross married J.A. Navarro’s daughter.
John and his brother W.F.M. Ross, were co-founders of the town of Rossville in
the early 1870s.
The community was granted a post office in 1877 and grew
as a shipping point for cotton and livestock.
In 1900 the community consisted of the post office, a school, three stores, two
churches and a population of around 300.
Improvements in the early years
of the 20th century included a Catholic church and a two-room school.
anticipated railroad from San Antonio
to Laredo bypassed Rossville, dashing
hopes of growth. By the mid teens, the population had declined by half and the
boll weevil had devastated
the cotton crop, forcing the community to diversify. To peanuts and watermelons.
Two stores managed to survive the Great Depression although other buildings were
razed or cannibalized for their material. The post office closed in 1947 and the
school merged with the Poteet schools in the mid
In the mid 1980s, Rossville residents opened a community center
which serves as an election precinct and for general community gatherings.
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