History Of Mission, TX
Bert Ogden Mission Auto Outlet is proud to be a part of the Mission, Texas, community. We are situated in a beautiful part of Texas, not far from the Gulf Coast, close enough to Houston to enjoy city life, but still far enough away from both to enjoy some tranquility.
Mission, Texas, has an extensive history that greatly predates European colonization. Originally, Native American Coahuiltecans, which comprises 200 different tribes from either side of the Rio Grande, called this area home for more than 1,000 years. Eventually, Spanish colonization drove out and killed much of that population.
Spanish rule commenced, but eventually, in 1762, King Carlos III of Spain ordered his expansive territory be divided up. The territory included far more than Mission, stretching from the site of Corpus Christi down to the Panuco River in Tampico, Mexico. The king-ordered division of this area eventually led to Rancho La Lomita, where the Spanish built the La Lomita Chapel that still stands today. The City of Mission was named after this chapel.
It wasn’t until 1908, however, that the city was actually named Mission and founded. In 1908, the city was simply a railroad stop of the Missouri Pacific Railroad (the stop was roughly 4 miles north of the chapel); today, it has blossomed into a vibrant community with an estimated 85,000 residents.
Mission is known for quite a few things. Mission was the site where citrus was introduced to the area; citrus has now exploded into a multibillion-dollar industry in the area, with an annual gala called the Texas Citrus Fiesta, to celebrate citrus’s importance in the area. Many well-known politicians have called Mission home, including U.S. Senator and Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, U.S. Congressman and Agriculture Secretary Kika de la Garza, and William Jennings Bryan. Many sports icons have also called this town home.
At Bert Ogden Mission Auto Outlet, you’ll find a large inventory of high-quality vehicles. Stop by for a test drive.