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Santa Fe in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Dairy Industry in the Santa Fe Area

 
 
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By Jim Evans, February 9, 2012
1. Dairy Industry in the Santa Fe Area Marker
Inscription. The railroad communities of Arcadia, Alta Loma, and Algoa, established in the 1890s, formed the nucleus of the Santa Fe area at the turn of the 20th century. Citrus and fig production, truck farming, and a burgeoning daily industry dominated the local economy at that time. Creameries operating at Alta Loma and Arcadia produced and shipped large amounts of butter and milk to markets in Galveston and Houston by 1912.

Dairy farming, unlike the citrus and fig industry, emerged as a major economic base in the area during the 1920s. According to local tradition they became so prevalent during this time that most everyone had one. Trucks had supplanted trains for transporting dairy products to markets in Galveston and Houston by this time. Local citizens recalled catching rides on milk trucks before community bus service was available.

Although able to recover from a crushing hoof and mouth epidemic in the mid-1920s, many small dairies were bought out by larger operations able to afford land leases for grazing purposes made necessary by stock laws of the 1930s restricting grazing on public lands. Though many dairies prospered with the introduction of automation in the 1950s the gradual loss of workers to higher paying urban jobs resulted in the closing of all Santa Fe area dairies in the 1970s.
 
Erected
Dairy Industry in the Santa Fe Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 9, 2012
2. Dairy Industry in the Santa Fe Area Marker
1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7424.)
 
Location. 29° 22.907′ N, 95° 6.987′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 6 and Clark Street on State Highway 6. Touch for map. Marker is in a roadside park off of Texas Highway 6. Marker is in this post office area: Santa Fe TX 77517, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arcadia Christian Church (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Runge Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alta Loma (approx. 2.2 miles away); Original Site of First Baptist Church of Alta Loma (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hitchcock Depot (approx. 3.1 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); U. S. Naval Air Station (approx. 4.6 miles away); Camp Wallace (approx. 4.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Santa Fe, Texas, article in Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on February 4, 2014, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 10, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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