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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: 11,311 (2010) 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.
Texas Theatre,  Raymondville, Texas
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
TE photo, 2002
Raymondville Texas silhouette
A Texas silhouette in Raymondville
TE Photo, 2003
Raymondville TX Carnival ride
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Raymondville, Texas
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Harlingen
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