“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

White Point / Rosita

White Point / Rosita Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 11, 2010
1. White Point / Rosita Marker
Inscription.  Native American tribes occupied land in this vicinity before Spanish explorers claimed the region in the 18th Century. Anglo American settlers began arriving in the area in the 1830s, and in 1856 brothers, Frank and Eddie White purchased land here for a cattle ranch. Their land holdings became known as White Point, named either for themselves or for the prominent white cliffs along nearby Nueces Bay.

The White brothers hired Darius C. Rachal to move their cattle herd here from East Texas. Following his service with Hood's Texas Brigade during the Civil War. Rachal also purchased land in the area and began his own ranching enterprise. After the White brothers died in a yellow fever epidemic, Rachal became the community's leading citizen. His home became a center of activity, and he applied for a U.S. post office in 1890. The Postal Service denied the name White Point, but finally approved a post office in 1892 under the Rosita, Darius C. Rachal was the first postmaster.

The White Point / Rosita community remained small, but did include a public school for a few years. Established in 1916, the school closed in the early 1920s,
White Point / Rosita Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 11, 2010
2. White Point / Rosita Marker
about the time the community declined following Rachal's death in 1918.
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14784.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 27° 56.995′ N, 97° 34.988′ W. Marker is in Odem, Texas, in San Patricio County. Marker is at the intersection of Voss Avenue (U.S. 77) and West Humphries Street, on the right when traveling south on Voss Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Odem TX 78370, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Odem Area Schools (here, next to this marker); Meansville and Kaleta (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouses of San Patricio County (approx. 7.3 miles away); Odem Building (approx. 7˝ miles away); Old Cemetery on the Hill (approx. 11 miles away); Taft Agricultural Industrial Complex (approx. 11.4 miles away); Education in San Patricio (approx. 11˝ miles away); Saint Patrick's Catholic Church (approx. 11˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Odem.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 762 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 28, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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