Batesville is on the Leona River at the intersection of U.S. Highway 57 and Farm Road 117, fifteen miles east of La Pryor in northeast Zavala County. The first settlers in the area were ranchers Mont Woodward in the mid-1860s and the Bates family around 1869. By 1870 the Bates brothers, Elijah, Felix, and Finis, had developed a large ranch in the area; it spawned the development of a small community known as Bates Ranch.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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  • [Bates Ditch]
  • [Bates Ranch]
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Pop. Year Source
1,061 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,068 2010 Texas Demographic Center
1,298 2000 Texas Demographic Center
1,313 1990 Texas Demographic Center