Agua Dulce, Nueces County, Texas

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Agua Dulce is a town in Nueces County, Texas, United States. It is located on the Texas Mexican Railway at the intersection of Farm Road 70 and State Highway 44 in west central Nueces County. The name, Spanish for sweet water, refers to a nearby creek. (There is also Sweetwater in Nolan County in West Texas.)

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History

The settlement existed by the 1900s. In August 1908 the post office was established with James L. Petray as postmaster. In 1910 the Agua Dulce Independent School District was founded; Sophinia Thompson was the first teacher. The school system was consolidated with that of Bentonville in 1932. Agua Dulce profited from an oil boom in the 1930s. Several gas wells are located there, as well as the Agua Dulce oilfield, which was opened in 1928. In 1914 the population of Agua Dulce was 100, and the town had a general store, a lumber mill, a cotton gin, a blacksmith, a confectioner, and a grocer. Between 1940 and 1945 the population increased from 200 to 750. In 1961 thirty businesses were in operation. In 1990 the population was 794, and in 2000 the population had declined to 737.

Geography

Agua Dulce is located at 27°46′59″N 97°54′36″W / 27.78306°N 97.91°W / 27.78306; -97.91 (27.783077, -97.910033)[1]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

2000 Census data

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 737 people, 234 households, and 200 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,338.1 people per square mile (889.2/km²). There were 257 housing units at an average density of 815.3/sq mi (310.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.38% White, 0.14% African American, 0.68% Native American, 16.15% from other races, and 3.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 66.08% of the population.

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