Zapata is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Zapata County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,089 at the 2010 census. As an unincorporated community, Zapata has no municipal government but like all 254 Texas counties has four elected county commissioners chosen by single-member districts and a countywide elected administrative judge.
U.S. Highway 83 in Zapata, just south of the intersection with Texas State Highway 16
Location of Zapata, Texas
|Coordinates: 26°54′22″N 99°16′12″W|
Zapata was named for José Antonio de Zapata (died 1839), the revolutionary commander who served in the cavalryof the Republic of the Rio Grande, of which the town was a part.
Zapata is located at (26.906244, -99.270007).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.7 square miles (20.0 km²), all of it land.
The city is located right on Falcon International Reservoir which is at the center of multiple, fishing events throughout the year
The city also served by a number of parks, most notably, Romeo Flores Park.
The county operates the main branch of the "Olga V. Figueroa Zapata County Public Library". It is located on 901 Kennedy Street in Zapata. Aida R. Garcia is the library director. The library is known as a site for viewing white-collared seedeaters. This small bird draws thousands to the library grounds every year.
Falcon International Reservoir located in Zapata is becoming well known for its bass fishing. The community hosts numerous "Winter Texans" between November and April, most residing in travel camper trailers.
The Olga V. Figueroa Zapata County Public Library
The new Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Zapata has replaced an older sanctuary.
The rustic Frontier Ranch Museum on State Highway 16 in Zapata
The First Baptist Church of Zapata, located north of State Highway 16
The United Methodist Church of Zapata.
The praying cowboy at Zapata Sesquicentennial Travel Park on U.S. Highway 83 is a flashy and jazzy, yet remarkably humble, addition to the town's decor.
Side view of the Zapata CountyCourthouse.
The former La Hacienda Del Rey restaurant in Zapata
The mariachi Herencia Mexicana band from San Antonio is shown performing at the former La Hacienda Del Rey in Zapata.