Near Rockdale in Milam County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
La Recluta and La Escuelita
Many workers came from Mexico, leaving behind a revolution. These immigrants settled on land owned by E.A. Camp. They sharecropped, growing enough for themselves, and worked in the mines. They named their settlement, just north of the International-Great Northern Railroad tracks, La Recluta, or "recruitment." Family names represented here include Ruiz, Flores, Casarez, Zapata, Aldama, Montoya and Lumbreras. The men, like many other industry workers at the time, received their pay in tokens, which were redeemable only for mine commissary purchases and doctor visits.
Several men were trapped in an International Mine Company cave-in in 1913. Eight men and one mule awaited rescue for six days; one man did not survive. Yards away from the collapsed mine entrance is La Escuelita, the small schoolhouse built for the children of the community. Classes were taught in English, although most students spoke Spanish at home. As part of the Talbott Ridge School District, the students transferred to Rockdale schools in 1944, when the districts consolidated.
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12877.)
Location. 30° 40.137′ N, 96° 58.161′ W. Marker is near Rockdale, Texas, in Milam County. Marker is on U.S. 79 ¼ mile west of Farm to Market Road 335, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockdale TX 76567, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Matinee Musical Club (approx. 2 miles away); Jewish Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Kay Theater (approx. 2.1 miles away); Railroads in Rockdale (approx. 2.1 miles away); International & Great Northern Railroad Passenger Depot (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of the Mission San Ildefonso (approx. 7.3 miles away); Site of Mission San Francisco Xavier de Los Dolores (approx. 8.7 miles away); Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockdale.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Education • Hispanic Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 14, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.