PALMITO RANCH   




PALMITO RANCH


Palmito Ranch, located just west of Boca Chica near Texas Route 4, is the southernmost ranch in the United States.

Owned by Professor Tony Zavaleta’s family for well over a century, it is located on the Rio Grande River just a stone’s throw from the state of Matamoros, Mexico.

The ranch was the site of the last battle of the Civil War, fought nearly a month after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in 1865 as Maximilian’s soldiers looked on from the Mexican side of the river.

Once a working ranch with horses, sheep, and goats, the land today is idle and the ranch house serves as a family camp where Hope and I were privileged to stay as guests for a night in May 2010.