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Sinton in San Patricio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

West Sinton Community

West Sinton Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, March 14, 2022
1. West Sinton Community Marker

In the early days of the 20th century, the land in this area was situated within the large J. J. Welder Cattle Ranch. George Paul developed much of the local acreage and attracted settlers from many states by advertising a "homesteaders" program of land sales. The settlers cleared the mesquite and brush with the help of Mexican laborers, planting cotton and corn on their new land. In 1913 Gust Adams and his family arrived from Guadalupe County. The Adams family set aside land for a schoolhouse in 1914. Also used for worship services, the structure quickly became a social center. The area became known as both Adams School and West Sinton community.

More settlers came after the first World War. The community grew steadily in spite of such tragedies as the influenza epidemic of 1918 and 1919 and the devastating hurricane of 1919. Local cotton farmers established the West Sinton Gin Company in 1923 and built a gin nearby. In 1924 a two-story stucco school building was erected by the newly formed Adams Independent School District on this site. The community was large enough for a separate Mexican American school and a grocery store.
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Neighbors enjoyed such activities as sports, community suppers, parties, and dances. The San Patricio Farm Bureau was organized here in 1936. Electric power came to the area in 1939. The Adams School closed its doors in 1943 when the students were transferred to other area schools. The schoolhouse was used for community events until 1948. It was razed in 1962.

Although the cotton gin closed in the 1980s, cotton, milo and corn remain the community's main economic focus. The Lutheran church and many local organizations continue to serve the area.
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12185.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
Location. 28° 1.727′ N, 97° 40.371′ W. Marker is in Sinton, Texas, in San Patricio County. Marker is on County Road 796 just south of County Road 630, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18011 FM630, Sinton TX 78387, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Cemetery on the Hill (approx. 7.3 miles away); Odem First Baptist Church (approx. 7.7 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Odem
West Sinton Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, March 14, 2022
2. West Sinton Community Marker
(approx. 7.7 miles away); White Point / Rosita (approx. 7.7 miles away); Early Odem Area Schools (approx. 7.7 miles away); Odem Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away); Meansville and Kaleta (approx. 7.7 miles away); Education in San Patricio (approx. 7.9 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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