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Entry from January 14, 2008
South Texas Crossroads (Victoria city, county nickname)

The city of Victoria, Texas (county seat of Victoria County) is centrally located from Austin, Houston, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio. The city/county has been called the “South Texas Crossroads” (or “Crossroads of South Texas” or “Crossroads of the Coastal Bend") since at least the 1970s.

Wikipedia: Victoria, Texas
Victoria is a city in and the county seat of Victoria County, Texas, United States.GR6 The population was 60,603 at the 2000 census. The Victoria metropolitan area had an estimated population of 221,417 in seven counties which is usually referred to as the “Golden Crescent”. It is the cathedral city of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria in Texas.
Victoria, Texas, is located 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and is within a two-hour drive of Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Victoria is a regional hub for a seven county area and serves a retail trade area of over 250,000 people[citation needed]. The city is known as “The Crossroads” because of its location centered between four major cities: Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas.

Handbook of Texas Online
VICTORIA COUNTY. Victoria County (O-18) is located in southeastern Texas on the Coastal Plain about midway between the southern and eastern extremities of the Texas Gulf Coast. Victoria, the county’s largest town, is the county seat. There roads converge 120 miles from Houston, 102 miles from San Antonio, 110 miles from Austin, and 75 miles from Corpus Christi; hence the town’s nickname, the “crossroads of South Texas.”

Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau
Victoria, Texas
Victoria, Texas, known as the South Texas Crossroads is one of the oldest cities in Texas. Highway 77, 87 and 59 (the future I69) all intersect in Victoria. With a population of just over 60,000 Victoria is a cultural, historic and economic hub for the area.

Victoria, TX
Victoria, Texas “Crossroads of the Coastal Bend”

12 August 1975, Victoria (TX) Advocate, pg. 10A, col. 6:
Rather than redo the sign completely, the committee decided to have a local sign company add the South Texas crossroads logo and use the present lettering for the time being.

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: Victoria :
profile of a South Texas crossroads city.
Publication: [Victoria, Tex.] : City of Victoria, Texas,
Year: 1977-1979?
Description: [13] leaves, [12] p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm.
Language: English
Geographic: Victoria (Tex.)—Description and travel. 
Note(s): Caption title./ Includes reprint (p. [1]-[12]) of article from Texas parade: Victoria, South Texas crossroads.’’

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: South Texas crossroads telephone directory
Publication: Victoria, Tex. : ATD Gulf Coast, Inc.,
Year: 1977-
Frequency: Annual
Description: 1977-; v. :; ill. ;; 25 cm.
Language: English
Geographic: Victoria County (Tex.)—Telephone directories.
Calhoun County (Tex.)—Telephone directories.
De Witt County (Tex.)—Telephone directories.
Goliad County (Tex.)—Telephone directories.
Gonzales County (Tex.)—Telephone directories.
Jackson County (Tex.)—Telephone directories.
Lavaca County (Tex.)—Telephone directories.
Refugio County (Tex.)—Telephone directories.
Colorado County (Tex.)—Telephone directories.
Fayette County (Tex.)—Telephone directories. 

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: Victoria, crossroads of South Texas.
Corp Author(s): Victoria County Genealogical Society. 
Publication: [Victoria, Tex.] : Victoria County Genealogical Society,
Year: 1980-?
Frequency: Quarterly
Description: Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 1980)-; v. ;; 28 cm.

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: Victoria, crossroads of south Texas, volume 1 through 18 surname index /
Author(s): French, Hilda.
Sweeney, Millie.
Obsta, Doris Fischer. 
Corp Author(s): Victoria County Genealogical Society. 
Publication: Victoria, Tex. : Victoria County Genealogical Society,
Year: 1990s
Description: 377 p. ; 29 cm.

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