San Ygnacio

San Ygnacio (Ignacio), the oldest town in Zapata County, is on the Rio Grande and U.S. Highway 83, thirty miles south of Laredo and fourteen miles northwest of Zapata. It was settled in 1830 by former residents of Revilla (now Nuevo Guerrero, Tamaulipas) under the leadership of Jesús Treviño. The site was in the southwest corner of the original Hacienda de Dolores, a grant made in 1750 by Col. José de Escandón to José Vázquez Borrego, and was named for the patron saint of Guerrero, Saint Ignatius Loyola. In 1830 Treviño built a sandstone home, known as Fort Treviño, 100 by 140 feet. José Villarreal placed a sundial at the home in 1851; the timepiece has become a tourist attraction.

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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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

San Ygnacio is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [-Ignacio]

Locations

  • Latitude
    27.04253170
    Longitude
    -99.44004040

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

No

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San Ygnacio by the Numbers

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Population Counts

San Ygnacio
Pop. Year Source
545 2019 Texas Demographic Center
667 2010 Texas Demographic Center
853 2000 Texas Demographic Center