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Zapata County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Founded January 22, 1858
County Seat Zapata
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County Courthouse

Zapata County has had four courthouses, built in 1874, 1901, 1953 and the current courthouse, 2005.

Zapata County Courthouse
County Clerk's Office
Mary Jayne Villarreal-Bonoan - County Clerk
200 E. 7th Avenue, Ste. 138
P.O. Box 789
Zapata, TX 78076
Phone: 956-765-9915
Fax: 956-765-9933
Zapata County Government website


Spanish settlers arrived in 1750. The Texas claim to this land was assured under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848.

Parent County

1858--Zapata County was created 22 January 1858 from Starr and Webb Counties. County seat: Zapata [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1863--Most, if not all, county records were destroyed during military action in 1863.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Escobas | Falcon | Lopeño | San Ygnacio | Ramireño | Zapata

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories

  • Texas' Last Frontier: A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1917, by Frank Cushman Pierce.
  • Zapata County Roots Revisited, 1990 by Jean Y. Fish.
  • Zapata County Centennial Celebration, 1858–1958, published in 1958, by the Zapata County Centennial Commission.
  • Falcon Dam and the Lost Towns of Zapata, 1971 by Patsy Jeanne Byfield.
  • Zapata County History from the Handbook of Texas Online
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors







Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • Zapata County TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • Hidden Ancestors  Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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