The city of Refugio, Texas (population 2941) is the county seat of Refugio County. Entering Refugio from the south, one is immediately greeted by the sight of historic old homes and the iconic symbol of all Refugio County, Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church. From several miles away it's majestic steeple rises above the tree line, beckoning the visitor to this small, tranquil Texas town.
There are several historical markers in the immediate vicinity of the church documenting the old Spanish mission. Rich in the history of Texas, there are many other historical markers in Refugio as well as an outstanding museum.
The Refugio School system is considered excellent and has produced many professionals. Graduates excel in such fields as business, engineering, medicine, mathematics, science, and computers.
Refugio fans are second to none in their enthusiastic support of teams ranging from little league to the state football playoffs. Girls sports are also well representing as evidenced by advancement to the playoffs in basketball, volleyball, and softball.
It is quite common to see top athletes also excelling in the classroom. Refugio is well know for prowess in UIL competition, producing state level champions in diverse fields ranging from computer science to literary criticism.
Refugio ISD has just recently completed new construction on two separate campuses as shown in the photos below: a new Junior High School (7th & 8th grades) and new additions to the primary school.
Major Texas Highway 77 runs through Refugio benefiting restaurants, gas stations, motels, and other businesses. The majority of employment opportunities lie either in agriculture or the oil & gas industry. Refugio has several major oil fields that were first developed in the 1920's. Oil field related service companies abound and provide much of the employment.
Refugio also serves as a bedroom community for those employed in the larger adjacent cities of Victoria, Beevile, and Corpus Christi. Many of these citizens prefer the real sense of community felt in Refugio and having their children educated in a smaller community, thus escaping the problems often associated with large cites and school systems.