TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Jackson County TX
Jackson County

Texas Towns
A - Z
Edna Hotels

More Hotels

RED BLUFF, TEXAS
AKA Redbluff

Jackson County, Texas Gulf Coast

11 Miles SE of Edna
Population: 35 (2000)

Book Hotel Here › Edna Hotels
TX - Red Bluff School

Red Bluff School, 1920
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011

History in a Pecan Shell

Recent history begins in 1830 when Stephen F. Austin received a Mexican land grant along the Navidad River. Several other colonists received grants but none of them were able to develop the land. Finally, in 1849 the land was sold by Austinís heirs to James DuPrey who operated a ranch here until 1880. Eventually, a rancher named Clement sold his land in small parcels and platted a town site for a town to modestly be named after him.

The folks around the area didnít care for the name Clement and used the more descriptive name of Red Bluff after the clay banks of the Navidad.

First use of the name Red Bluff was recorded in the mid 1890s. A store opened in 1895, followed by a school building in 1896. In 1897 a post office was applied for and granted in the name of Redbluff, Texas.

The future looked good for the fledgling community but in 1909 it was bypassed by the St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railroad in favor of Lolita, Texas.

Overnight, Red Bluffers and their businesses moved to Lolita. By 1915 the post office had closed Ė essentially ending the Red Bluff era. It was soon dropped from maps. But in 2000 there were still 35 people keeping the Red Bluff name alive.


Photographer's Note:
If there is more to Red Bluff, I missed it. (There is the cemetery, which I missed.) - Barclay Gibson
TX - Red Bluff School
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
More Texas Schoolhouses
Jackson County Texas 1920s Map
Jackson County 1920s Map showing Redbluff & Lolita (SE of Edna)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Take a Road Trip

Red Bluff, Texas Area Towns:
Edna the county seat
Wharton | Victoria | Port Lavaca | Palacios
See Jackson County

Texas Gulf Coast

Book Hotel Here:
Edna Hotels | More Hotels
Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and recent or vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Texas Towns A - Z Texas Regions:
Gulf Texas Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central Texas North Central Woutn Central Texas South Panhandle Texas Panhandle
South South Texas Hill Texas Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Texas Ghost Towns counties Texas Counties

Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
Texas Counties
Texas Towns A-Z
Texas Ghost Towns

TEXAS REGIONS:
Central Texas North
Central Texas South
Texas Gulf Coast
Texas Panhandle
Texas Hill Country
East Texas
South Texas
West Texas

Courthouses
Jails
Churches
Schoolhouses
Bridges
Theaters
Depots
Rooms with a Past
Monuments
Statues

Gas Stations
Post Offices
Museums
Water Towers
Grain Elevators
Lodges
Stores
Banks

Vintage Photos
Historic Trees
Cemeteries
Old Neon
Ghost Signs
Signs
Murals
Gargoyles
Pitted Dates
Cornerstones
Then & Now

Columns: History/Opinion
Texas History
Small Town Sagas
Black History
WWII
Texas Centennial
Ghosts
People
Animals
Food
Music
Art

Books
Texas Railroads

Texas Trips
Texas Drives
Texas State Parks
Texas Rivers
Texas Lakes
Texas Forts
Texas Trails
Texas Maps
USA
MEXICO
HOTELS

Site Map
About Us
Privacy Statement
Disclaimer
Contributors
Staff
Contact Us

 
Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved