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ROSITA, TEXAS (Starr County). Rosita, seven miles west of Rio Grande City in southern Starr County, began as a small community of descendants of early Spanish colonists, probably followers of José de Escandón. The 1936 county highway map shows farm units and a school in the vicinity of the townsite. In 1933 Rosita had an estimated seventy-five residents, and in 1971 it had 215, mostly engaged in farming; the town in that year included a filling station, a grocery, and a gravel-mining operation (all still present in 1991). With the coming of the four-lane U.S. Highway 83, Rosita expanded, and by 1991 it reached Garceño on the west and had a population estimated by local sources at 1,000 (though the Texas Almanac listed only 220 residents at that time). A dozen or more stores were in the vicinity, and Rosita included the Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church, a large parish hall, a volunteer fire department, and a recreational-vehicle park.


Virgil N. Lott and Mercurio Martinez, The Kingdom of Zapata (San Antonio: Naylor, 1953).

Dick D. Heller, Jr.


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

Dick D. Heller, Jr., "ROSITA, TX (STARR COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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