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Cameron County Texas

In early 1846 United States troops under the command of Gen. Zachary Taylor marched into the disputed territory between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande and constructed a defensive position across from Matamoros. The temporary fort was originally called Fort Texas but was renamed Fort Brown a short time later, in honor of Maj. Jacob Brown, who died during a Mexican attack on the stronghold. On April 25, 1846, a skirmish occurred between United States and Mexican troops at Las Rucias (Las Rusias), in southwest Cameron County, which became known as the spot where "American blood was shed on American soil," the verbal spark that ignited the Mexican War. Two other Mexican War battles were fought in Cameron County, the battle of Palo Alto (May 8, 1846) and the battle of Resaca de la Palma (May 9, 1846).
On February 12, 1848, the Texas legislature decreed the existence of Cameron County, and with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo on July 4 the area officially became part of the United States. The new county encompassed 3,308 square miles, including parts of the future Hidalgo, Willacy, Kenedy, and Brooks counties.
An election of county officers was held on August 7, but organization was not completed until September 11. Santa Rita, five miles downstream from Fort Brown and believed to be the earliest English-speaking town in the area, was made the county seat. The same year Charles Stillman established Brownsville just west of Fort Brown. In December another election was held, and after intense effort on Stillman's part Brownsville was chosen county seat.
Cameron County is named for Captain Ewen Cameron, a soldier during the Texas Revolution and in the ill fated Mier Expedition. He was executed by a special order from General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

 CITIES, TOWNS,  AND POPULATED PLACES

*   Brownsville (county seat)  *  Harlingen  *  La Feria  *  Los Fresnos  *  Palm Valley  *  Port Isabel  *
  *  Rio Hondo  *  San Benito  *  Bayview  *  Combes  *  Indian Lake  *  Laguna Vista  *  Los Indios  *
    *  Primera  *  Rancho Viejo  *  Santa Rosa  *  South Padre Island  *

Census-Designated Places

  *  Arroyo Colorado Estates  *  Arroyo Gardens  *  Bixby  *  Bluetown  *  Cameron Park  *  Chula Vista  *
    *  Del Mar Heights  *  El Camino Angosto  *  Encantada-Ranchito El Calaboz  *  Grand Acres  *  Green Valley Farms  *  Iglesia Antigua  *  Juarez  *  La Feria North  *  La Paloma  *  La Tina Ranch  *  Lago  *  Laguna Heights  *
    *  Las Palmas II  *  Lasana  *  Laureles  *  Lozano  *  Olmito  *  Orason  *  Ratamosa  *  Reid Hope King  *  San Pedro  *  Santa Maria  *  Solis  *  South Point  *  Tierra Bonita  *  Villa del Sol  *  Villa Pancho  *  Yznaga  *

UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITIES

    *  Arroyo City  *  Boca Chica Village  *  Rangerville  *

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Website Updates:
July 2017: News: World War 2 News: Navy enlists 18 men
May 2017: History: 1914 County History; County Records: 1900 Fugitives from Justice
Jan 2017: Misc News: REED; Visiting News: RATCLIFFE, WELCH, DISHMAN; Married News: DALZELL - Transcribed by Robin Line
Oct 2016: Military: Vietnam War Casualties; Death Notices: ALANIS, ARISPE, BALLI, BARBOSA, BEISTERO, BOUCHARD, CARDENAS, CASAS, CHARAY, DESSOMMES, ECHAZARRETA, FRANZ, GARCIA, GARZA, GOMEZ, HERNANDEZ, HUGHES, IBARRA, KENEDY, LERMA, LONGORIA, WATSON, WISE - Submitted by Olivia Leal
Jun 2016: County Records: 1916 County Officers; Military: WW2 Honor Roll
Apr 2016: Website updated and now all pages are mobile friendly
Mar 2016: Death Records: WILLIAMS - Submitted by Joyce Busembark
Jan 2016: County: 1888 County Officers; Military: Korean War Casualties
 
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