La Grulla, Texas, San Roque Catholic Church

San Roque church lies in the center of La Grulla, Texas. According to Raul Longoria the San Roque Catholic Church was built in 1891 by Juan and Yrinea Longoria in memory of their son Eugenio who was killed in 1870. Longoria mentions that Eugeino never came back after leaving to go visit some friends and relatives in a nearby Las Cuevas (present day Cuevitas). He was found weeks later near Penitas Texas (about 10 mile further than Cuevitas) with his horse having three bullet holes, but his cause of death was never determined.

San Roque Catholic Church (Abandoned historic church) La Grulla
Tx. Photo is a personal photo of Moises Garza taken in 2003.

This is the same church which can be assumed with certainty that my wife’s great-grandfather Francisco Perez Lozano and family attended to. The certainty comes from the fact that they were Catholic and that this was the only church near where they resided. Also his son Vicente worked in constructing the roof on the new church.

San Roque Church Video by Jimmy Martinez

I want to thank my friend Jimmy Martinez for allowing me to add his video to this page. You can check out his other YouTube videos using the link bellow.


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7 thoughts on “La Grulla, Texas, San Roque Catholic Church

    1. Moises Garza

      It would be nice to find out so that we could give him proper credit. This church and the now abandoned longoria homes seem to have the same type of brick which probably was from Camargo, Mexico.

  1. Domingo Arredondo III

    i helped remodel the church in the mid 90s along with several others, it sits south across the street from my grandparents home Enrique & Bertha Cantu. it is trully a piece of history, it used to have a giant catus growing on the north east vally of the roof, Jimmy should remember it… thanks for the memory lane buddy

  2. javier galvan

    Hello!…my name is javier galvan longoria…i live in brownsville ,tx… mom is josefina longoria….desendant of the longorias from “la grulla, tx.”….i would love to visit that place very soon!!!…


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