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PETRONILA, TEXAS
AKA Petronilla, Texas

Nueces County, Texas Gulf Coast
FM 665 between Driscoll and Corpus Christi
7 Miles E of Driscoll
12 Miles W of Corpus Christi
Population: 117 (2010) 83 (2000)

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Petronila, Texas school
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
History in a Pecan Shell

Said to be the first European community in Nueces County, the town is named after the Santa Petronila Ranch, which had been alongside Petronila Creek.

The town’s first school opened in 1912, which may have been the town’s high-water mark. Population figures are not available but after WWII the community was in decline. The proximity to Corpus Christi and Driscoll may have quashed any hopes of serious growth. In the early 90s the town still retained at least two businesses. The 1990 population of 155 has since declined to 83 for the 2000 census.
Petronila, Texas School
Petronila School
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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Petronila, Texas church

St. Vivian Catholic Church
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Petronila, Texas
Photo Courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
Petronila, Texas
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Petronila, Texas scene
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Petronila, Texas city limit
Petronila city limit
Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine, April 2008
Petronila Creek, Petronila, Texas
Petronila Creek
Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine, April 2008

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