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VIGO, TX

VIGO, TEXAS. Vigo was a rural community on Kickapoo Creek in southwestern Concho County, twenty-five miles southwest of Paint Rock, fifteen miles southeast of Vancourt (in Tom Green County), and twenty-eight miles north of Fort McKavett (in Menard County). The settlement was established by John T. Pruitt, who bought a seventy-nine-acre tract at the site about 1880. Pruitt, a member of William Walker's filibustering expedition to Central America in the 1850s, had been captured and imprisoned for a time in Vigo, Spain. After his release he returned to Manchaca, near Austin. He is reported to have established a newspaper in Austin and to have built a large collection of law books. Pruitt died in Vigo about February 28, 1908. A post office was established in Pruitt's home in Vigo in 1887, which superseded the post office at the nearby community of Erskine. In 1890 Vigo had eight livestock enterprises and a population of sixty. By 1896 a population of only three was reported there, but the business listing encompassed eleven livestock operations and two music teachers. The post office was discontinued in 1907, and by 1936 the community had disappeared.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Emsy H. Swaim, Short History of Concho County (1979).

Mary M. Standifer

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Mary M. Standifer, "VIGO, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrv28), accessed July 28, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.