Brooks County Courthouse, Falfurrias, Texas

Brooks County Courthouse, Falfurrias, Texas

Brooks County Courthouse in the City of Falfurrias, Texas. Photograph by 25or6to4.

Falfurrias, the county seat and principal trading center of Brooks County, is on State Highway 281 sixty miles southwest of Corpus Christi and ninety miles from Laredo in the northern part of the county. Its founding and development were largely the effort of Edward C. Lasater, pioneer Rio Grande valley rancher and land developer, who in 1895 started a cattle ranch in what was then northern Starr County; his spread came to be known as Falfurrias Ranch, after La Mota de Falfurrias, the grove of trees he chose as the site of his headquarters. To increase settlement in the area Lasater encouraged the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway to extend a line to his ranch in 1904. At the railway terminus four miles east of his ranchhouse he founded Falfurrias; he also changed the name of his ranch to La Mota. His Falfurrias Immigration Company set about attracting settlers by offering subdivided ranchland near the railroad at low prices and advertising extensively in the East and Midwest.

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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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
4,609 2020 United States Census Bureau
4,997 2019 Texas Demographic Center
4,981 2010 United States Census Bureau
5,297 2000 United States Census Bureau
5,788 1990 United States Census Bureau
6,103 1980 United States Census Bureau
6,355 1970 United States Census Bureau
6,515 1960 United States Census Bureau
6,712 1950 United States Census Bureau