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Davick Services recommends the Facebook Group "West Texas History & Memories" for history, famous people, old photos, stories, unclaimed estates and genealogy of the Western Half of Texas . . . Check it out and join the conversation

 
Life in Zavala County Texas 1850 - 1950

Zavala County, Texas from 1850 to 1950 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks and newspapers. This was life in Crystal City, Amaya, Batesville, Chula Vista, La Pryor, Loma Grandeas as our parents, grandparents and ancestors saw it.

 
1885 Zavala County Courthouse in Batesville1885 Zavala County Courthouse in Batesville

Here's a great old photo of the Zavala County Courthouse in 1885 when the county seat was Batesville. This building was home to county government until 1928, at which time the county seat was moved to Crystal City.

Two Old Men in Crystal City in 1939Two Old Men in Crystal City in 1939

Two old men stopped to talk in front of the grocery store in Crystal City in 1939

Man with Fighting Chickens in 1939Man with Fighting Chickens

A man shows off his two fighting roosters in Crystal City in 1939

3 Crystal City Men 19393 Crystal City Men 1939

Three men relax on the steps of a padlocked store in Crystal City Texas in 1939

Man With Pet PigeonMan With Pet Pigeon

In 1939 a cowboy shows off his pet pigeon at his home in Crystal City Texas. The photographer called this a pigeon but it looks more like a white-winged dove to me.

Boy with Baby GoatBoy with Baby Goat

In 1939 a little boy shows off his baby goat in Crystal City Texas

Migrant Labor Housing in 1939Migrant Labor Housing 1939

Children play beside cars covered in sheets at this migrant labor camp in Crystal City Texas in 1939

Street Scene in Crystal City in 1939Street Scene in Crystal City in 1939

In 1939 two men visit on a sidewalk while two little boys tug at their father's pocket to get his attention and another sits on the sidewalk to play.

Old Men talking in Crystal City in 1939Old Men talking in Crystal City in 1939
Hi-Way Tavern & Gas Station in Crystal City in 1939Hi-Way Tavern & Gas Station 1939
Red Onion Café in Crystal CityRed Onion Café in Crystal City

Ever buy a hot dog for a nickel or get a plate lunch for a quarter? That's what it cost at the Red Onion Cafe in in Crystal City Texas in the 1930s

Men Leaning on Mailbox in Crystal CityMen Leaning on Mailbox in Crystal City

In 1939 two men stopped at a mailbox to have a talk in front of the grocery store in Crystal City Texas

Girl Scouts Earn Bird Badges in 1947Girl Scouts Earn Bird Badges in 1947

These girls, members of Troop No. 1, are busy earning their Bird Finding Badges in Crystal City in 1947. Photo from the Zavala County Sentinel

Migrant Children in Crystal City in 1939Migrant Children in Crystal City in 1939

In 1939 famed photographer Lee Russell took this great photo of four migrant children in Crystal City Texas

Old-time Trail Driver in Kitchen Crystal CityOld-time Trail Driver in Kitchen Crystal City

A man identified by the photographer only as an old time trail driver posed in front of his kitchen cabinet in Crystal City in 1939

Resources:

West Texas History & Memories

Early Life in Texas County by County

Books about Texas People and Places

Amazing People from Texas County by County

Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

Texas History by Category and Event

Books About Zavala County

Books About Zavala County TexasStories About Zavala County Texas

 

What's your Favorite Book about a Texas County, Town, Person or Place? Here's our best reads list County by County

 

Mysterious TexasTrue Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texcas
 Loneliest, Least Populated Counties in Texas
Texas Cowboy HistoryBooks about Texas People County by County
 

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