Aguilares, Texas facts for kids
|• Total||0.3 sq mi (1 km2)|
|• Land||0.3 sq mi (1 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||595 ft (181 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Nearest Airports: Laredo: Laredo International Airport KLRD LRD Nuevo Laredo: Quetzalcoatl International Airport MMNL NLD|
Aguilares is located at(27.451627, -99.093233). The CDP has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all land.
Aguilares dates to 1870. It is named for the first settlers and ranchers, José, Locario, Francisco, Próspero, and Librado Aguilar. It became a stop on the Texas-Mexican Railroad in 1881 and was granted a post office nine years later. The population (thought to be a huge exaggeration) was given as 1,500 in 1910 - but four years later it was reportedly a mere 300. The Aguilar family owned a store - one of the two businesses in the community.
Oil was discovered nearby in Oilton and for a short time the town seemed to have a future - but although (or because) it was on a railroad - it lost population to the nearby county seat of Laredo. In the 1930s, the post office was discontinued and in 1939 Aquilares' population was ten.
It rose to twenty-five by 1945, but the 1990 census again reported ten residents.
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