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LA FERIA, TEXAS

Cameron County, Texas Gulf Coast

26°9'30"N 97°49'30"W (26.158253, -97.824973)
Hwy 83 and FM 506
24 Miles NW of Brownsville the county seat
Population: 7,271 Est. (2016)
7,302 (2010) 6,115 (2000) 4,360 (1990)

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La Feria Tx - Carrot Harvest
Carrot Harvest in Rio Grande Valley
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History in a Pecan Shell

The area dates to 1777 when the Spanish crown deeded the land to Rosa María Hinojosa de Ballí. The Ballí family kept their headquarters for their farms and ranches here through the mid-1800s. It remained a ranching center well into the twentieth century.

A local land developer named G. J. Schoenberg, developed the town of La Feria in 1909. That same year a post office was granted under the name - which means "the fair" in Spanish. When the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway was building through the county in 1911, they established a town of their own named Bixby and erected a depot. Bixby was a threat to La Feria and so, in 1912, the city fathers of La Feria physically moved the Bixby depot to La Feria.

By 1915 La Feria's population was around 200, and was estimated to be between 200-800 through the 1920s. La Feria incorporated in 1933. The population had increased to 2,600 by 1948 and by the 1960s it was still only 3,000. The Rosita Longoria house (c.1909) now serves as the La Feria Museum and the town celebrates an annual fair every year.

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La Feria, Texas Nearby Towns:
Brownsville the county seat
Harlingen | Raymondville | McAllen | Edinburg | Mission
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