La Feria

La Feria is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and Farm Road 506, twenty-four miles northwest of Brownsville in western Cameron County. The area was first settled when the land was assigned by Spain in 1777 to Rosa María Hinojosa de Ballí as part of the La Feria land grant. The Ballí family established several farms with headquarters on the La Feria grant. The family maintained control of the land well into the mid-1800s, and the community that grew up on the grant remained a ranching center into the twentieth century. In 1909 G. J. Schoenberg, a local land developer, developed the town of La Feria. That year the La Feria post office was opened. A railroad stop named Bixby was established a mile from the town when the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway was built through the area in 1911. In July 1912 the founding fathers of La Feria stole the Bixby depot and hauled it to the new townsite. By 1915 La Feria had a population of 200, a bank, two churches, and a weekly newspaper, the La Feria Leader. In 1925 estimates of the population ranged from 236 to 825.

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

La Feria
Pop. Year Source
6,817 2020 United States Census Bureau
7,814 2019 Texas Demographic Center
7,302 2010 United States Census Bureau
6,435 2000 United States Census Bureau
4,360 1990 United States Census Bureau
3,495 1980 United States Census Bureau
2,642 1970 United States Census Bureau
3,047 1960 United States Census Bureau
2,952 1950 United States Census Bureau
1,644 1940 United States Census Bureau
1,594 1930 United States Census Bureau
236 1920 United States Census Bureau