San Augustine Public Library

A Little Bit About San Augustine

Did You Know?

San Augustine is the county seat city of San Augustine County, Texas. The population was 1,920 at the 2020 census.

The city has a total area of 4.8 square miles.

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,920 people, 982 households, and 536 families residing in the city.

29.8% of households had children under the age of 18. (All the more reason to host lots of children’s activities at the library!)

Some Interesting History

The first European settlement in the area began in 1717 with the establishment of Mission Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de los Ais by Spanish missionaries. The mission was abandoned and reestablished in 1721. It lasted until 1773 and is now preserved as Mission Dolores State Historic Site.

The town began in 1832 with land owned by Thomas S. McFarland. The town was named after the (1755–1761) Viceroy of New Spain, Don Agustín de Ahumada y Villalón.

The city was once home to the University of San Augustine. This college was granted its charter in 1837. Attendance rose to 150 students but dropped to 50. As a result of a rivalry between itself and Wesleyan College, both schools closed down.