Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa is at the intersection of Farm Road 506 and State Highway 107, six miles north of La Feria in Cameron County. It takes its name from the old Santa Rosa Ranch that Charles Stillman operated there in the 1860s. A post office operated in the area from 1859 until 1861, presumably due to use of the ranch during the Civil War as a way station for cotton export. The community began to develop in 1913, when William H. Foster settled there and wrote to friends in the north who followed him. Another post office was established in 1927. The first store in Santa Rosa was a grocery and market run by a Mrs. McAllister in the front of her home. Soon after, three more stores opened. The La Feria Water District's irrigation system supplied water to area farmers. A small frame building served as a school house, and the first Methodist church services were conducted under a mesquite tree. In the early 1920s a brick school building was constructed. It was still in use in 1990. The First Baptist Church was organized in 1923. In 1927 the Southern Pacific Railroad built a depot. The next year the new highway from Santa Rosa to La Feria was dedicated, and Santa Rosa acquired a newspaper and a new high school building. St. Mary's Catholic Church began in 1937, when Monsignor Gronotte, pastor of La Feria's St. Francis Xavier Church, built the building that was used until the late 1980s, when a new sanctuary and several school rooms were added. The old building is still used for various occasions. Santa Rosa also has a Mexican Baptist Church, a Templo Samaria, and a Templo Bethel. In 1936 Santa Rosa had twenty-two businesses and a population of over 400. In 1929 the town was incorporated, and Tom R. Gibson was mayor. In 1945 Santa Rosa had an iron works, a waterworks, a hardware store, a feed and seed store, and a population of 224. During the 1950s the population increased to 400 and in the 1960s to 1,572. In 1985 Santa Rosa had a population of 1,889 and eighteen businesses. In 1990 it had ten businesses and a population of 2,223. The population grew to 2,833 in 2000.

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

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Place type

Santa Rosa is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    26.25605340
    Longitude
    -97.82525400

Has Post Office

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Population Counts

Santa Rosa
Pop. Year Source
2,758 2019 Texas Demographic Center
2,873 2010 Texas Demographic Center
2,833 2000 Texas Demographic Center
2,223 1990 Texas Demographic Center