Raymondville in Willacy County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Created March 11, 1911
Organized August 12, 1911
Recreated April 20, 1921
Reorganized August 3, 1921
Named in honor of
John G. Willacy
November 10, 1859 • September 19, 1913
Member of the Texas Legislature 1900-1916
State Tax Commissioner, 1922-1926
County Seat — Sarita 1911
Raymondville since 1921
Restored — 1968
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 5814.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list.
Location. 26° 28.925′ N, 97° 47.227′ W. Marker is in Raymondville, Texas, in Willacy County. Marker is at the intersection of West Hidalgo Avenue (State Highway 186) and North 4th Street, on the right when traveling west on West Hidalgo Avenue. Marker is located near Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 523 W Hidalgo Ave, Raymondville TX 78580, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Willacy County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Santa Maria de Yciar, San Esteban, Espiritu Santu (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line).
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1. Willacy County. Willacy County, in the Rio Grande valley of South Texas, is thirty miles north of Mexico. The county area fell within the territory between the Rio Grande and Nueces River, disputed after the Texas Revolution. Gen. Zachary Taylor crossed the Arroyo Colorado at Paso Real when he was in the area during the Mexican War. During the Civil War Paso Real became an important crossing point for Confederate cotton exports. When Philip H. Sheridan reached the area with his cavalry in May 1865, he quipped, "If I possessed both Texas and Hell, I'd rent out Texas and live in Hell." (Submitted on May 31, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Willacy County Had A Smelly Start. Onions, which were started back in 1907, are responsible for Willacy County's place in history. From them the county has gained world wide recognition. Back in 1907 the idea was conveyed to some of the early settlers that it was possible to raise onions in this section of the Rio Grande Valley. Before that time those who had ventured to this section (Submitted on May 31, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 31, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.