Lajitas

World Famous Mayor of Lajitas

The World Famous Mayor of Lajitas

Don't forget to stop by and say "howdy" to the mayor of Lajitas, the next time you visit Big Bend. Photo by Rosie Hatch.

Lajitas is on the western edge of Big Bend National Park in southwestern Brewster County. It is at an altitude of 2,200 feet on a bluff overlooking the Rio Grande at the San Carlos ford of the old Comanche Trail, in the northern part of the Chihuahuan Desert. The name Lajitas is Spanish for "little flat rocks" and refers to the Boquillas flagstone of the area. The region was inhabited by Mexican Indians for many years. They were driven from the area by the Apaches and later by the Comanches during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Anglo-Americans first arrived in the mid-1800s. In 1852 Lt. William H. Emory visited the site.

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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Yes

Place type

Lajitas is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [Lajites]

Locations

  • Latitude
    29.26158730
    Longitude
    -103.77657900

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Lajitas by the Numbers

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Pop. Year Source
75 2009 Local Officials