Fun Things to Do in Falfurrias

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Fun Things to do in FAFURRIAS

Historic Brooks County Courthouse

Falfurrias is a city in and the county seat of Brooks County, Texas and is one of the places to visit while in South Texas.

Falfurrias’ founding and development were largely due to the efforts of Edward Cunningham Lasater, a pioneer Rio Grande Valley rancher and developer. In 1895, he started a cattle ranch in what was then northern Starr County. At one point, it was one of the largest ranches in Texas. With the extension of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway south from Alice to his ranch in 1904, Lasater founded the town of Falfurrias and subdivided a sizable portion of his ranch land for sale to other farmers. In 1898, a post office opened in the community. A local newspaper began publication in 1906. Lasater brought in his Jersey cows and established a creamery in 1909. Sweet cream butter and other products from Edward Lasater’s creamery company made the town a familiar name across the state. But that butter is no longer made from milk produced in Falfurrias. Don Pedro Jaramillo, a Mexican-born curandero known as “The Healer of Los Olmos”, was buried in Falfurrias in 1907 and is venerated at a shrine there.

The state granted a petition by local residents to form a new county, Brooks, with Falfurrias as its county seat in 1911. Irrigation methods introduced to the area in the 1920s brought in truck farming and the citrus fruit industry. The city became a primary trade and shipping center for the surrounding region. The area received another economic boost in the 1930s and 1940s when extensive oil and gas reserves were discovered around Falfurrias.

Fun Things to Do in Falfurrias:

Brooks County Courthouse… (pictured above) Brooks County Courthouse was built in 1914 and is the only courthouse the county has had. It is made of brick in the Classical Revival style. It is one of many buildings in Texas designed by famous Texas architect Alfred Giles.

Don Pedrito Shrine…This shrine dedicated to Don Pedrito, was known throughout Texas as the “Healer of Los Olmos.” He came to Texas in 1881 after his mother died, residing on the Los Olmos Ranch near the soon-to-be-established town of Falfurrias. Pedrito’s use of natural infusions and emetics resolved many of the symptoms, if not the cause, of ailments suffered by South Texans and as a result his services remained in demand until his death in 1907. Today, Don Pedrito’s resting place serves as a shrine dedicated to his good works. Visitors often leave flowers, prayers, photos, and candles to honor his service and petition blessings. Nearby, an exhibit exploring the life and legend of Don Pedrito is featured in the Falfurrias Heritage Museum.  Located at 1936 FM 1418, Falfurrias.

Heritage Museum… The Falfurrias heritage museum showcases the frontier heritage in artifacts, relics, records, pictures, maps ad more of the early pioneer settlers of the region.  Hours Tues-Fri; 9AM-4PM, Sat 9AM-1PM; Located at 415 N. St. Mary’s St. Free

The Shrine of the Three Chapels… Each chapel is dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus, and offers one a moment of reflection on the theme respect for life.  One of the Chapels is a replica of one in Schoenstatt, Germany. Located at 304S.Caldell.

When visiting  Falfurrias nearby places to visit  include Kingsville, Alice and Sarita.

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