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  • ODEM, TEXAS

    San Patricio County, Texas Gulf Coast
    Highway 77 and FM 234
    20 Miles W of Corpus Christi
    40 Miles N of Kingsville

    Population: 2499 (2000) 2,366 (1990)

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    Odem TX - Railroad Intersection
    Odem
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, August 2009
    History in a Pecan shell

    The St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway arrived here in 1907 and the town was platted two years later. John James Welder and David Odem were the town developers. David just happened to be the county sheriff, which may or may not have influenced the naming of the town.

    Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company lands had been sold and subdivided into small farms. Smaller communities of Angelita, Kaleta, Meansville, and Sharpsburg were drawn into “greater” Odem. By 1915 there were 500 residents.

    Vegetable farming was the town’s initial economy. Beets, Cabbage, Onions, Radishes and Spinach were the predominant crops.

    Decades later it is corn, cotton and grain sorghum that is shipped out. Many townspeople commute to Corpus Christi for work. By the late 1980s the population had increased to almost 3,000.
    Odem TX - Cotton field and cotton gin
    Cotton crop and gin
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, August 2009
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    Photographer's Note:
    The cotton crop is a rarity this year with the drought. Some cotton gins in the area will not open this year and most cotton fields never developed and others plowed under when the crops burned up. - William Beauchamp, August 2009
    Odem TX - Grain Elevator
    Grain Elevators
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, August 2009
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    OdemT X - Odem School Gymnasium
    Gymnasium
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, August 2009
    Odem TX - Odem Area Schools Historical Marker
    Early Odem Area Schools Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, August 2009
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    Odem water tower
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, August 2009
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    OdemT X - 1930 Butler Bldg Entrance Tiles
    1930 Butler Building
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, August 2009
    Odem, Texas
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