"Once remote, separated from both Texas and Mexico by arid regions on either side, this magic country was long easily accessible only by sea and river steamboat. Railroads did not arrive until the early twentieth century. As late as 1941, less than thirteen percent of the Lower Valley had been cleared of brush; the ebonal grew thickly between old settlements and new towns of recent, agricultural-development vintage. New people came, old people remained, in a special border ambience perhaps found nowhere else in the world. I know; I was born there."

Foreword to the First Edition of "A Shared Experience"by T.R. Fehrenbach, Chairman, Texas Historical Commission 1987-1990 born in San Benito, Texas

"Clearing the Townsite" courtesy of San Benito Historical Society