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PALO ALTO, TEXAS. Palo Alto is four miles southwest of Driscoll on a paved but unnumbered road in southwestern Nueces County. It was named for an 1834 grant to Matias Garcia. During the 1870s Palo Alto had a general store owned by the Meuly brothers. The settlement's first available population figure was for 1936, when five residents were reported there. By 1945 the town had a population of fifty and three businesses. This figure held until 1965 and then began to decline; by 1990 only fifteen residents remained at the community. At that time Palo Alto was on a mail route from Bishop. The population remained the same in 2000.


Nueces County Historical Society, History of Nueces County (Austin: Jenkins, 1972).

Karen S. Parrish


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

Karen S. Parrish, "PALO ALTO, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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