Of course, this town is named after an historical landmark, the La Lomita ( "the little hill"). It is a mission founded by the Oblate Fathers in 1865. The mission originally sat on land provided by a Spanish land grant in 1767. The land was used by the church for farms and ranches to support the priests and their charities.
Our other stop yesterday afternoon was at the Mission Historical Museum. In the annex of the building there is currently a showing of local quilts. We were also able to explore the town's old post office (built in 1940), which use to be part of that building. It has a hidden room where the postal inspector was able to make a surprise visit to check on the postal workers. In that room there are very tiny windows whereby the inspector can make his observations without anyone knowing of his presence in the building.
I will be doing a road trip with my sister Linda back to St.Louis tomorrow, and will continue my posts on the Rio Grande Valley once I return next week. Unfortunately, now that my sister is leaving, the weather warmed up a bit today, at least the sun came out!