Sinton Texas

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Historic San Patricio Courthouse

Sinton is a city in and the county seat of San Patricio County. Sinton Texas combines the beauty of nature and the simplicity of country life along with the most popular city attractions. It is known as the Antique Capital of South Texas “Locally”, Sinton offers a stroll down the main street with unique shops specialized in Antiques and Collectibles Sinton, the county seat of San Patricio County, is at the intersection of the Southern Pacific and Missouri Pacific railroads and U.S. highways 77 and 181, near the center of the county.

Soon after the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway built through the county in 1886, Col. George W. Fulton, founder of the Coleman-Fulton Pasture Company, received approval from the board of directors to give 640 acres for the townsite of Sinton. The town was named for David Sinton, majority stockholder in Coleman-Fulton.  An election made Sinton county seat on June 23, 1894.   The St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexican Railway arrived in 1907.  By 1910 the town had a number of businesses, a bank, a hotel, and a newspaper.  The city was incorporated in 1916.

The discovery of oil near Sinton on Easter Sunday, 1935, by the Plymouth Oil Company changed the face of the town. Plymouth set up headquarters in Sinton and sponsored a baseball team, the Plymouth Oilers, who in 1957 became the first Texas team to win the national semiprofessional baseball crown. A few wells drilled during this period were still in production in 1988.  Sinton is the site of the annual San Patricio County Agricultural and Homemakers Show, an October Old Fiddlers Parade, and the county Youth Rodeo. It is also noted for its Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Park, a 3,000-acre recreation area belonging to the city.

Sinton Texas Attractions:

San Patricio County Courthouse… San Patricio has had six county courthouses; 183, 1853, 1872, 1886 (in San Patricio) and 1893 and 1928 (pictured above) in Sinton. The courthouse was built of red brick in the Texas Renaissance style.

Taft Blackland Museum…This museum s housed in a building that was once the headquarters for the giant Coleman-Fulton Pasture Co. Exhibits include antique farm and ranch equipment, household items of early settlers and valuable memorabilia from the Taft Ranch.  Located at 301 Green Ave. in Taft.

Welder Wildlife Refuge… This is the largest privately endowed wildlife refuge I the world.  Acreage and a large administration museum building occupy a portion of the Welder Ranch, established from a Spanish land grant more than 150 yeas ago.  North of the city off U.S.77. 

When visiting Sinton Texas nearby cities include Mathis, Refugio and Aransas Pass.

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