San Ignacio, Texas

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San Ygnacio is a census-designated place (CDP) in Zapata County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the CDP population was 853. It is named for the prominent Spanish saint, Ignatius of Loyola. The portion of the community between the Rio Grande and U.S. Highway 83 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as San Ygnacio Historic District.



San Ygnacio, originally a Mexican pueblo, was founded in 1830 by settlers from nearby Guerrero, Tamaulipas on the outskirts of the recently established Uribeno Ranch. Frequent Comanche attacks in the early days of San Ygnacio necessitated the use of defensive stone architecture which has endowed the present area with uncharacteristically enduring historical sites from that period.

San Ygnacio is also historically notable for its involvement in the short-lived revolution of the Rio Grande Republic, which was established at meetings which were convened in the town in 1839.

In 1916, Pancho Villa's bandits attacked San Ygnacio twice; once on June 15 and again on July 31.

Although many of San Ygnacio's neighboring municipalities were evacuated and consolidated in the deliberate 1953 flooding of the region which created Falcon Lake and "New" Zapata, San Ygnacio's residents petitioned for the right to remain on their land, which was high enough to escape substantial damage.

The private River Pierce Foundation works to continue the restoration of the San Ygnacio Historic District.


San Ygnacio is located at 27°2′38″N 99°26′23″W / 27.04389°N 99.43972°W / 27.04389; -99.43972 (27.043938, -99.439726)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 853 people, 253 households, and 198 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 556.7 people per square mile (215.3/km²). There were 355 housing units at an average density of 231.7/sq mi (89.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 79.13% White, 1.17% African American, 0.35% Native American, 17.35% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 92.97% of the population.

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