Texas today is a community of about 100 people in southern Brooks
County. It lies on the eastern boundary of the Encino del Pozo
land grant, near the southwestern corner of the El Lucero land grant and
the northwestern corner of the La Alameda land grant. The
community also draws its history and its citizens from two other land
grants, the La Encantada land grant and the La Blanca land grant, which
adjoin those previously mentioned.
A historical marker
erected by the Texas Historical Commission reads as follows:
Encino del Poso
Oak in the Hole)
this vicinity once stood a magnificent live oak tree that was an early
landmark on the South Texas Plains for many years, noted for its size
and its wide canopy. It was located in a large hollow created by
livestock that gathered beneath its branches and by winds that eroded
the exposed soil. El Encino del Poso was a landmark for early
trails and land grants. It also served as the location of a
stagecoach station and as the basis for naming Encino (1 mi. N).
The tree died in the 1890's, before the formation of Brooks County, the
victim of an extended drought.
Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986
The Handbook of Texas
Online has a short article giving a very brief history of Encino (see
Encino article) and another on the history of Brooks County (see
Brooks County article).
of the Encino Elementary School. The tree in the foreground is an
live oak; the community derives its name from the
many encinos native to the area.
Encino Elementary School is a great source of pride to the community of
Encino, and a source of many fond memories for me personally.
Community pride and concern for quality of education came to the
forefront in 1996 when the Brooks County Independent School District, in
a cost-cutting move, attempted to close down the school and bus all the
students to Falfurrias, 20 miles north of Encino. The community
responded by establishing a corporation, the Encino Save Our School
Corporation, to take over the school and run it is a private
institution. Successful in their efforts, the Encino Elementary
School is now operated as a charter school. (See
Dallas Morning News article.)
My goal is to eventually present a
brief history of the community of Encino, Texas, including the ancestry of
several of the families who have lived in the area for much of its
history. Families with long histories in the area include the
Zarate, Bayarena, Villarreal, Garcia, Perez, Longoria, Cantu, Abrego,
Rodriguez, Benavides, Morales, de Luna, Guzman, Anzualda, Cortez, Soliz,
Escalante, Martinez, Chavana and
original intent was to prepare a short history of the community of
Encino and its founding families. I regret that I have yet to
follow up on my planned research. But I have not yet eliminated it
from my list of things to do. I will update this page
whenever I have meaningful additions.