Palo Alto

Palo Alto is four miles southwest of Driscoll on a paved but unnumbered road in southwestern Nueces County. It was named for an 1834 grant to Matias Garcia. During the 1870s Palo Alto had a general store owned by the Meuly brothers. The settlement's first available population figure was for 1936, when five residents were reported there. By 1945 the town had a population of fifty and three businesses. This figure held until 1965 and then began to decline; by 1990 only fifteen residents remained at the community. At that time Palo Alto was on a mail route from Bishop. The population remained the same in 2000.

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Karen S. Parrish | © TSHA

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

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Place type

Palo Alto is classified as a Town


Latitude: 27.66169680
Longitude: -97.79749700

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated