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Riviera, Texas
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Coordinates: 27°17′55″N 97°48′54″W / 27.29861°N 97.81500°W / 27.29861; -97.81500Coordinates: 27°17′55″N 97°48′54″W / 27.29861°N 97.81500°W / 27.29861; -97.81500
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Kleberg
Area
 • Total 9.59 km2 (3.70 sq mi)
 • Land 9.55 km2 (3.69 sq mi)
 • Water 0.04 km2 (0.02 sq mi)
Elevation
11 m (37 ft)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 689
 • Density 72.1/km2 (187/sq mi)
Time zone CST
 • Summer (DST) CDT
ZIP code
78379
Area code(s) 361
FIPS code 48-62468
GNIS feature ID 1345283

Riviera is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Kleberg County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 689. It is located 15 miles (24 km) south of Kingsville on U.S. Route 77 (Future Interstate 69E) and 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Falfurrias on Texas State Highway 285.

History

Riviera was founded in 1906 by Theodore Fredrick Koch, a land promoter. He purchased land from the King Ranch to sell to landseekers. He built a townsite along the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway and named it Riviera after the French Riviera. Koch ran a train from Chicago to Riviera twice a month to bring more people to the area. Riviera witnessed growth in its first few years, but a drought hit the area in 1915 and then a terrible hurricane hit the area in 1916. When U.S. Highway 77 was constructed, it helped the economy get back on its feet. Now its economy depends on farming. It is also the last stop for about 60 miles (97 km) to Raymondville, going south, so its gas stations and restaurants are used by many travelers heading south.

Education

Riviera is served by Riviera Independent School District.

  • Grades: 7–12 Kaufer High School
  • Grades: PK–6 Nanny Elementary School
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