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 Texas : Towns A-Z / Gulf Coast / Ghost Towns : La Fruta

LA FRUTA, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
San Patricio County, Texas Gulf Coast
Formerly on the north bank of the Nueces River
at the Highway 359 bridge
4 Miles S of Mathis

Population 0

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La Fruta had had a school before the railroad arrived but wasn't thought of as a town until 1888. Two stores soon opened and a post office was granted in 1892.

While the post office packed up and moved to Mathis
, La Fruta continued to prosper as a watermelon shipping point. The site of the highway 359 bridge was once a ferry crossing back in the 1870s. The ferry was replaced by a bridge in 1915. According to the Handbook of Texas, today "Nothing remains to mark the site of La Fruta."

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