Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 147
2000 Census - 192
Austwell, Texas
Austwell Texas History:
Preston Rose Austin became a partner in the Refugio Land and Irrigation Company which purchased large landholdings in the Austwell area near Hynes Bay (in San Antonio Bay) in 1902. After determining that the land was best suited for raising cotton, the company divided the land into 160 acre tracts and sold it to German and Bohemian farmers. Austin and his partner, Jesse McDowell then established the towns of Tivoli and Austwell; Austwell is a combination of their two names. Austwell was platted in 1912; it was incorporated in 1914. The partners also financed the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad’s branch line to Austwell. By 1915 the company had provided Austwell a school, church, store, cotton gin, and electricity and a telephone services. Austwell and Tivoli make up the Refugio County Riviera, a small stretch of scenic beachfront that gives residents of Refugio County beach access without entering Aransas or Calhoun Counties.Austwell is known as the “Gateway to the Aransas National Wildllife Refuge.” Austwell sits atop a bluff overlooking Hynes Bay at the intersections of SH 239, FM 774 and FM 2040. It has many historic homes. It is located 5 miles southeast of Tivoli, approximately 35 miles northeast of Rockport, 60 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, 20 miles southwest of Port Lavaca, and 30 miles southeast of Victoria, Texas. 
Historic Preston Rose Austin:
Identical markers are located at the intersection of SH 35 and SH 239 in Tivoli, and at the corner of Main and Gisler Streets.
Annual Refugio County Fair & PRCA Rodeo, 3rd Weekend in March:
Activities at this four day fair include a scholarship cook-off, a breakfast, a parade, arts and crafts vendors, a livestock show, dances to live music at Padilla Hall, a horseshoe pitching tournament at Padilla Hall, a rodeo and an auction. (301) 526-1605. (361) 526-2825. 106 Fairground Road, Refugio. Email
Annual Austwell 4th of July Celebration:
Activities include a fish fry, a children’s dancing contest, a dance, an auction and fireworks. This event is hosted by the Austwell Volunteer Fire Department. (361) 286-3032. Email
Canales Café, Tivoli, Texas:
A local favorite eating spot, it serves authentic Mexican food and other menu items.Open Tue-Sat, 6am-9pm; Sun, 7am-2pm; closed Major holidays.(361) 286-3255. 302 Main Street. Reviews