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RICARDO, TEXAS

Kleberg County, Texas Gulf Coast
Highway 77
6 miles S of Kingsville

Population: 120 (2000)

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Grain elevator and school buses, Ricardo, Texas
Ricardo school buses
and grain elevator
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History in a Pecan shell

The St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway built a siding that received a depot (1908) at the request of Robert Kleberg, Sr. The station was named Richard, but was soon changed to the Spanish form of Ricardo.

63,000 acres of the King Ranch were put up for sale and by 1917 it was all sold.

Cotton was the main crop and by 1915, J. O. Newton established the town's first gin. By 1931 15,000 acres were planted in cotton.

In 1912 a general mercantile store was opened. A school was built in 1913.

In 1913 Jersey cows were introduced into the area and milk and cream was sold to a waiting market at Kingsville. The cow population increased throughout the 1929s and 30s.

Truck farming was established, but grew slowly.

In 1941electricity reached Ricardo.

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Rialroad tracks in Ricardo, Texas
Ricardo, Texas looking north
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