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County
Nueces
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - 11,487
2000 Census - 12,727
Nearby
Towns
Robstown, Texas
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Robstown Texas History:
Robstown was established in 1906 by real estate developer George Paul at the junction of the Texas Mexican and the Brownsville and Mexican Railroads. It was named for Robert Driscoll, Jr. The town is home to the first cotton gin, the Brendle Gin built in 1910 or 1911, and is home of the Mrazek Plow, an invention that enabled farmers to plow the mesquite roots that populated the fields of South Texas.
The town was slow to grow until crop irrigation became widespread in the 1930s. Since that time the Robstown area has been a major truck farming area. Oil was also discovered in the area in the 1930s, adding the oil business to the town’s economic base. Today, the town’s main industries are still agriculture (cotton and vegetables) and the petroleum industry. Robstown is located 30 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico, just off IH-37 at the intersection of U.S. 77 and SH 44, 39 miles northeast of Riviera, 24.8 miles northeast of Kingsville, 17.7 miles northeast of Bishop, 26 miles east of Alice, and 18.4 miles west of Corpus Christi, Texas.
 
Martha Rabb (“Texas Cattle Queen”), Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Martha Reagan moved with her parents from Tennessee to Fayette County, Texas where she met and married John Rabb (1825-1872). In 1857, John and Martha moved their family to Nueces County and settled near Banquete, where John pursued cattle ranching under the Bow and Arrow brand. Rabb raised far more cattle than his ranch land could support by running his herds on the open range. He became one of the most successful cattlemen in the area, owning more than 10,000 head of cattle when he died in 1872. When Martha assumed control of the business, she took it in a dramatically different direction. Foreseeing the end of the free-range era, she capitalized on the panic and flight caused by violent raids along the Nueces strip and aggressively began to buy land here in 1875. Within a year, she owned more than 43,000 acres, some of which she bought for as little as 37 cents per acre. Enclosed within 40 miles of fence, the Rabb Ranch included this site and stretched from north of Robstown south to Driscoll, and was bordered on the west by the Petronila and Banquete Creeks and on the east by present-day Callicoate Road (FM 1694). She became known as a "Texas Cattle Queen." 
 
WPA Post Office Murals History:
During the Great Depression FDR created the New Deal Program to provide jobs for out of work American men by funding construction projects to build post offices and other buildings, and state and local parks. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was created in May, 1935, under the New Deal Program. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture, later known as The Section of Fine Arts, put artists to work by funding Post Office Murals to be placed in the new post offices. Though the majority of the post office art consists of oil paintings on canvas, other art mediums were also used. The murals are located in every state. Post Office Murals Photos
 
Robstown WPA Post Office Mural, 1941:
The Robstown post office mural is titled "Founding and Subsequent Development of Robstown”; it was painted by Alice Reynolds in 1941. The mural is located in the post office at 313 East Main Avenue, Robstown. (361) 387-7934.
 
Robstown Area Historical Museum:  
Museum exhibits depict the history of Robstown and include over 20,000 photos, documents, books, artifacts and exhibits, an onion separating machine, an exam table and scale from Dr. Michael Zamora’s medical practice, and a history of the Battle of the Rapidos River Crossing. The Robstown Area Historical Commission meets on the last Thursday of the month at the museum. The museum is open by appointment only. (361) 877-1724. The museum is located in the former Bosquez Grocery Store at the corner of Main Avenue and 2nd Street.
 
Nueces County Keach Family Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Thu, 10:30am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-3pm; closed Sundays. (361) 387-3431. 1000 Terry Shamsie Boulevard.
 
Robstown Community (Dance) Hall:
The hall has a wooden dance floor and offers public dances almost every Sunday afternoon. It is one of the most popular dance floors in the area. The hall is available for rental for private parties. (361) 643-6105. 4612 CR 42, Robstown. Email 
 
Coastal Bend Thunder Baseball:
The Coastal Bend Thunder is a member of Untied League Baseball, an independent professional league. Special programs include the Field of Dreams Program for children with disabilities, and theme nights. Thunder Office: (361) 933-1120. 1011 Texas Yes Boulevard, Robstown, TX 78380. The team’s home field is the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds Ballfield at the intersection of U.S. 77 and SH 44; the Ballfield is visible either highway.
 
Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds:
Amenities include a 4,200 seat baseball stadium, a 1,900 seat central pavilion arena, two 50,000 square foot exhibit halls, a conference center and banquet hall with a seating capacity of 1,200, the equestrian center, the Middletown Meadow, and an open green space with several amenities. The fairgrounds complex hosts many events including baseball games, weddings, concerts and trade shows. (361) 387-9000. The fairgrounds are located at 1213 Terry Shamsie Boulevard, 78380.
 
Annual Nueces County Junior Livestock Show, January:
This is the largest livestock show of its kind in Texas. Activities include the livestock show, a parade, a BBQ cook-off, a pageant and a carnival. (361) 387-5395. This event is held at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds at 1213 Terry Shamsie Boulevard, 78380. Map
 
Annual St. Anthony's Fiesta Mexicana, 1st Weekend in Mar:
Activities include a parade, food, music, and children’s activities. (361) 387-2774. This event is sponsored by the Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and is held at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds Pavilion Arena at 1213 Terry Shamsie Boulevard, 78380.
 
Annual Cottonfest, Oct:
Activities include a car show, live entertainment, live music, sports competitions, a tailgate party, a turtle race, the Great Pumpkin Egg Hunt, a costume contest, food and drink vendors, an arts and crafts show, the Crude City Roller Derby Haunted House, GIGs, a BBQ Challenge, a trail ride. This event is hosted by the Robstown Area Development Commission: (361) 387-3933. 1213 Terry Shamsie Boulevard, 78380. Map     
 
Annual Christmas Lights Parade, 1st Friday in December:
Activities include a parade with Santa, and the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony followed by hot chocolate and cookies. The parade begins at 6:30pm at Diaz Park on Ligustrum, turns right on Matlana Ortiz Boulevard, and then turns left on Main Avenue and proceeds to Centennial Plaza for the tree lighting ceremony. (361) 387-3933.
 
Taqueria Jalisco:
They serve homemade tortillas, great breakfast tacos, and great Mexican food. (361) 767-2085. 829 Industrial Boulevard. Reviews
 
Rod n' Rolls Treats & Eats:
They serve very good sandwiches and hamburgers, Blue Bell ice cream, and smoothies. (361) 767-1323. 324 West Avenue J.
 
Kings Inn Restaurant, Loyola Beach, Texas:
This is the best seafood restaurant in South Texas if not in Texas; it is a great stop on the way to SPI. All seafood is fresh and is lightly battered; choose from fish (drum and others), shrimp and oysters. The tartar sauce is delicious. The onion rings are very, very thinly cut and lightly battered; they are delicious and somehow escape being greasy. French fries are ok. The salad we order is outstanding. It consists of a plate piled high with chopped iceberg lettuce mixed with chopped tomatoes and a wonderful light dressing; the mound is covered with sliced avocados (always great tasting). They have other menu items, but I don’t know what they are; I haven’t looked at their menu in 30 years. The restaurant is located in Loyola Beach on Baffin Bay. Open Tue-Sat, 11am-10pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. The restaurant is packed on Friday and Saturday nights so consider making reservations. (361) 297-5265. 1116 E. CR 2270, Riviera, Texas 78379. From Kingsville drive south on .U.S 77 for approximately 8 miles until you see the large Kings Inn sign on the east side (left) of the highway at FM 628. Go left on FM 628 and drive a few miles until the road curves to the right, and there is a street going to the left. Go straight ahead on the driveway road to the large parking lot you see in the distance. From Riviera, take U.S. 77 north approximately a mile or two; look for the Kings Inn sign on your right. Reviews