Mary M. Standifer

VIGO, TEXAS. Vigo was a rural community on Kickapoo Creek in southwestern Concho County, twenty-five miles southwest of Paint Rock, fifteen miles southeast of Vancourt (in Tom Green County), and twenty-eight miles north of Fort McKavett (in Menard County). The settlement was established by John T. Pruitt, who bought a seventy-nine-acre tract at the site about 1880. Pruitt, a member of William Walker's filibustering expedition to Central America in the 1850s, had been captured and imprisoned for a time in Vigo, Spain. After his release he returned to Manchaca, near Austin. He is reported to have established a newspaper in Austin and to have built a large collection of law books. Pruitt died in Vigo about February 28, 1908. A post office was established in Pruitt's home in Vigo in 1887, which superseded the post office at the nearby community of Erskine. In 1890 Vigo had eight livestock enterprises and a population of sixty. By 1896 a population of only three was reported there, but the business listing encompassed eleven livestock operations and two music teachers. The post office was discontinued in 1907, and by 1936 the community had disappeared.

Emsy H. Swaim, Short History of Concho County (1979).

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Mary M. Standifer, "Vigo, TX," accessed March 20, 2018,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Texas AlmanacFor more information about towns and counties including physical features, statistics, weather, maps and much more, visit the Town Database on!