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COMBES, TEXAS

Cameron County, Texas Gulf Coast
Highways 77 and 107
About 29 Miles NW of Brownsville
Bordering the southern city limits of Harlingen
Population: 2,553 (2000)

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Combes Texas
Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine, February 2008

History in a Pecan Shell

The town’s namesake is Kentuckian Chas. B. Combes who relocated here in the early 1900s and formed the Combe’s Ranch.

When the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway arrived in 1904, thoughts of a community arose. A post office was opened in 1911 and by 1915 there were 100 residents.

The post office closed from 1920 to 1926 when it reopened. Three years later the population rose to 500 before plummeting back to 1915 levels in the mid-1930s. After WWII Combes had recovered to 400 residents where it stayed for years, finally reaching 689 in the early 1970s. The community experienced its greatest growth in the 1980s, going over 2,000 for the 1990 census and over 2,500 for the 2000 census.

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Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine, February 2008
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