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County
San Patricio
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - 5,665
2000 Census - 5,676
Nearby
Towns
Sinton, Texas
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Sinton Texas History:
Soon after the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway built through San Patricio County in 1886, George W. Fulton, founder of the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, established the town on the south bank of Chiltipin Creek. The Pasture Company donated 640 acres for the town which was named after David Sinton, the majority stockholder in the company. Immediately after the town was founded, the Pasture Company built cattle loading pens. The Sinton Post Office was established in 1888, discontinued in 1892, and reestablished later. The 1,000 acre Sinton Town Company was chartered in 1894. Sinton became the San Patricio County seat in 1894, and the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexican Railway built a line to the town in 1907. Town growth increased after potential settlers began arriving on special trains, and after land sales were offered to farmers. By 1910, the town had packing sheds and was a shipping point for vegetables and cattle. The town incorporated in 1916. Oil was discovered near Sinton in 1935 by the Plymouth Oil Company. Plymouth Oil sponsored the Plymouth Oilers Baseball Team who won the national semiprofessional baseball crown in 1957. Today Sinton is a center for farming, petroleum, and the Petrochemical industries. The town is well known for the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Park. Sinton is located on US 77, US 181, and SH 188, 31 miles west of Rockport, 8 miles northwest of Taft, 26 miles north of Corpus Christi, 24.4 miles northeast of San Patricio, and 21.7 miles southeast of Mathis and Lake Corpus Christi.    
 
Historic Sodville Community, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“George H. Paul, a land developer from Iowa, joined forces with the giant Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company in 1907 and 1908 to sell 56,000 acres of land for a development. Mexican migrant labors cleared the area of brush, which was so thick that prospective buyers had to mark their paths. Sodville was probably named for its fertile soil when the real estate agency was creating promotional literature for prospective buyers in the Midwest, land sold at a steady pace, and in 1908 there were enough children in the area to prompt T.F. Harwood to donate land on which to build the Sodville School. By 1910 Mynier's store served the community, a union church met in the schoolhouse, brush arbors and other locations. Hall industries of Bellville bought Mynier's interest in the store and built two cotton gins in the area. The company later sold its interest in Sodville to W.A. Dunn, whose store and the corner on which it stood became community institutions, the Sodville Baptist Church organized in 1914 and the congregation met in its own building by 1916. In 1919-1920 T.F. Harwood donated more land to the school, and the Sodville independent school district formed. By the 1930s Sodville had about 50 residents and three businesses; the roads were paved. A brick schoolhouse was erected in 1938. As people left farms and rural areas for cities in the second half of the 20th century, the population of communities such as Sodville declined. The school district was consolidated with Sinton schools in 1947; Dunn's store closed in the mid-1950s. The Sodville Baptist Church disbanded in 1961, Dunn's corner, near this site, and a few homes were all that remained of the Sodville community at the end of the 20th century.” Sodville is located at the intersection of FM 1074 and FM 1944, 7 miles south of Sinton and 4 miles west of Taft, Texas.
 
San Patricio County Courthouse, 1928:
The courthouse was designed in Texas Renaissance style by renowned courthouse architect Henry T. Phelps. A replica of the 1872 San Patricio County Courthouse is located in San Patricio, Texas. The 2010 San Patricio County census was 64,804.
 
San Patricio County Courthouse, 1928:
The courthouse was designed in Texas Renaissance style by renowned courthouse architect Henry T. Phelps. A replica of the 1872 San Patricio County Courthouse is located in San Patricio, Texas. The 2010 San Patricio County census was 64,804.
 
Texas Heritage and American Independence Mural:
This bicentennial mural depicts two hundred years of Texas history, including panels on the Spanish Colonial and Mexican periods. The murals are located at Jackson Square on Sinton Street.
 
Sinton Texas Historical Museum:
The museum features exhibits depicting the history of Sinton the surrounding area. (361) 537-6174. The museum is located at 116 W. Sinton Street, adjacent to the Rialto Theater.
 
Bob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation, Refuge, and Museum, 7,800 Acres:
The foundation’s main priorities are to provide an environment in which wildlife can live, forage, and propagate, and to promote research and education. The museum offers natural history exhibits, Karankawa Indian heritage exhibits, arrowheads, and more. The refuge is located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail; more than 400 species of birds have been recorded. Free guided tours of the refuge and museum are available on Thursdays. (361) 364-2643. The refuge is located west of Sinton at 12858 U.S. 77 North, Sinton, Texas 78387. The entrance is located one mile southwest of the junction of U.S. 77 and the Aransas River which forms the northern boundary of the refuge. Email  
 
Sinton Public Library:
The library provides a six person capacity conference room, traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, fax, copy and laminating machines, magazines, DVDs, Book CDs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon, 9am-8pm; Tue-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm; closed Sundays. (361) 364-4545. 100 North Pirate Boulevard.
 
Event Venue - San Patricio County Fairgrounds& Civic Center, Sinton, TX:
Amenities at this beautiful facility include the arena, horse stalls, RV parking, a 50,000 square foot event center with bleachers, fans and heat, an event hall, and outdoor event space. The 10,000 square foot Civic Center features a catering kitchen, a state-of-the-art sound system, lighting, and exhibit and meeting spaces. The fairgrounds and Civic Center host weddings, meetings, dances, craft shows, carnivals, fairs, festivals, horse events, cook-offs, and the annual World Championship Rattlesnake Races and Saint Patrick’s Day event. This facility is located in Sinton, Texas. (361) 364-9580. 219 West 5th Street, Sinton, Texas 78387. Email  
 
Event Venue – Jackson Square & “Buy a Brick”:
The square features old fashioned street lights and a Texas Heritage and American Independence Murals. Donor Bricks may be purchased to benefit a loved one or another person or group. Bricks will be engraved on three lines and placed on the square. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and the Sinton Chamber of Commerce. Jackson Square is located at 302 West Sinton Street. (361) 364-2307.

Annual World Championship Rattlesnake Races & St. Patrick’s 2 Day Celebration, Mid-March:
This annual two day event occurs the third weekend of March. Over 5,000 attend each day of this event. Festivities include live music, cold beer, a St. Patrick’s Hat Contest, great food including fried rattlesnake, fun children’s activities, free arena games, rattlesnake races, rattlesnake handling, the Old West Riding Company entertainment program, and exhibitions. The rattlesnake races begin at 1pm. A $20 entry fee applies. Those not bringing their own rattler will be furnished one. The Rattlesnake Races Poker Run begins at noon at the Old San Patricio museum and ends back at the San Patricio Rattlesnake Grounds. This approximately 62 mile route goes around Lake Corpus Christi; the format is Five Card Draw. This event is hosted by the Old San Patricio Restoration Society. The 2015 event was cancelled due to rain. The Restoration Society planned to use the 2015 proceeds to furnish the 1870s McAllen House located adjacent to the museum. The Restoration Society is located in San Patricio, Texas. The mailing address is 4638 Main Street, Mathis, Texas. (361) 547-5561. Email
 
Annual Sinton City Wide Garage Sale and Downtown Market, Aug:
The frequency of this downtown event varies, but in 2014 it will be held the first Saturday in April, August and October. For more information, contact the Sinton Chamber of Commerce at (361) 364-2307. This event is held at Jackson Square at 302 West Sinton Street.
 
Annual World Championship Rattlesnake Races & St. Patrick’s 2 Day Celebration in San Patricio, Mid-March:
This annual two day event occurs the third weekend of March. Festivities include live music, cold beer, a St. Patrick’s Hat Contest, great food including fried rattlesnake, free arena games, rattlesnake races, rattlesnake handling, the Old West Riding Company entertainment program, and exhibitions. The rattlesnake contest begins at 1pm. A $20 entry fee applies. Those not bringing their own rattler will be furnished one. The Rattlesnake Races Poker Run begins at noon at the Old San Patricio museum and ends back at the San Patricio Rattlesnake Grounds. This approximately 62 mile route goes around Lake Corpus Christi; the format is Five Card Draw. This event is hosted by the Old San Patricio Restoration Society. Proceeds benefit the San Patricio Historical Museum. Gates open 11am-7pm. (361) 547-5561. Email
 
Annual Veterans Parade:
The parade begins at the San Patricio County Courthouse at 400 East Sinton Street. (361) 364-2307.
 
Annual Downtown Market, Jingle Bell Fun Run & Parade, 1st Friday in Dec:
Activities include a downtown Christmas market on Jackson Square, the Jingle Bell Fun Run and Walk, and the 7pm illuminated Christmas parade. (361) 364-2307.
 
Butter Churn Restaurant: 
This restaurant serves good home cooking. Open Sun-Mon, 11am-3pm; Tue-Sat, 11am-9pm. (361) 364-5900. 207 W. Sinton Street. Reviews  
 
Back Street Café:
This local favorite serves good home cooking. (361) 364-2445. 106 East Borden Street. Reviews