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    RAYMONDVILLE, TEXAS

    Willacy County Seat, Texas Gulf Coast
    Hwy 186 and just W of US Hwy 77
    74 miles S of Kingsville
    21 miles N of Harlingen
    22 miles W of Port Mansfield

    Population: 9,733 (2000) 8,880 (1990)

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    1922 Willacy County Courthouse Raymondville
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2006
    Willacy County Courthouse

    History in a Pecan Shell
    A timeline of significant events in Raymondville's history:

    1904: Edward Burleson Raymond, a former foreman of one of the King Ranch divisions, organized the Raymond Town and Improvement Company.
    1904: Post office was granted
    Right-of-way was granted by Raymond and the King Ranch to the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway. Town lots were sold by Raymond and by Henrietta King, to settlers looking for property to farm.
    1914: Population reaches 350
    1929: Population reaches 1,800.
    1941: Population reaches 4,050
    1952: Population reaches 9,000 (including rural populace).

    Raymondville remains a center for area agriculture. Well-executed murals brighten downtown and are worth a drive out of your way.

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    The vacant Texas Theatre. TE Photo, 2002
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    Raymondville, Texas Chronicles

    The White Wing Hotel by Mike Cox
    Born with great expectations in the optimistic post-World War II days, death came 63 years later amid gangs and drug dealers. Only this was a brick and mortar Baby Boomer, not a person. Nevertheless, when the end came, it was not pretty.
    A boot on roof top, Raymondville, Texas
    A well-known business in Raymondville
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    A Texas silhouette in Raymondville
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