MEXIA

Population 7,161

Altitude 534


General

Established 1871, named for Mexican General Jose Antonio Mexia whose family donated townsite. The general first served under Santa Anna, but later joined an uprising against the Mexican dictator. The rebellion failed, and the city's namesake died before a firing squad.

Natural gas discovered nearby in 1912; oil gusher blew in nine years later. Resulting boom brought rowdy period marked by violence and martial law. As in most cases, the boom faded quickly, and Mexia today is a small, quiet city devoted to modern agriculture, oil and gas production.

CONFEDERATE REUNION GROUNDS STATE PARK

FORT PARKER STATE PARK

OLD FORT PARKER STATE HISTORIC SITE

TEHUACANA HILLS


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