Falfurrias, Texas

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Falfurrias is a city in and the county seat of Brooks County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 5,297 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Falfurrias is located at 27°13′36″N 98°8′42″W / 27.22667°N 98.145°W / 27.22667; -98.145 (27.226529, -98.144922)[4]. The city is centered around the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and State Highway 285. Falfurrias is approximately 81 miles southwest of Corpus Christi, 90 miles southeast of Laredo, and 36 miles south of Alice.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.1 km²), all of it land.

History

Falfurrias' founding and development were largely due to the efforts of Edward Cunningham Lasater, a pioneer Rio Grande Valley rancher and developer.[5] In 1895, he started a cattle ranch in what was then northern Starr County. At one point, it was one of the largest ranches in Texas. With the extension of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway south from Alice to his ranch in 1904, Lasater founded the town of Falfurrias and subdivided a sizable portion of his ranch land for sale to other farmers.[6] In 1898, a post office opened in the community. A local newspaper began publication in 1906. Lasater brought in his Jersey cows and established a creamery in 1909.[7] Sweet cream butter and other products from Edward Lasater's creamery company made the town a familiar name across the state.[6]

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