Natalia is a city in Medina County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,431 at the 2010 census. It was founded in 1912 and was named after Natalie Pearson Nicholson, daughter of Frederick Stark Pearson, engineer, designer and builder of the Medina Dam.
Natalia – A Town That Continues To Go Forward
Natalia is a small close-knit community of 1,431 that continues to expand both its boundaries and population. In recent years, the City has come a long way from new businesses, to a recent beautification project. A very competent City staff and a City Council made up of “home-grown” representatives make this a great place to put down roots. This is a small Medina County town that continues to work hard, to strive forward and make this a great place to live, raise a family and enjoy beautiful south Texas.
As with any community, there are always a variety of issues to be dealt with when managing growth, but this is a City known for its perseverance. Anticipating growth, the Mayor and City Council keep on top of infrastructure improvement; they are constantly seeking ways to improve the quality of life in Natalia.
The Mayor for the City of Natalia is Ms. Ruby Vera, the City Administrator is Ms. Lisa S. Hernandez, and members of the Natalia City Council include Mr. Sam Smith, Mr. Samuel Bluemel, Jr., Mr. Mike Fernandez, Mr. Tommy Ortiz and Mr. Ruben Juarez.
The building on State Hwy 132 and Miller Street previously known as the “Old Natalia Store” has been renovated and the Staff moved into their new home in December of 2009. The building was built in the very early 1900s and the exterior has retained its original design with the exception being a nod to energy efficient doors and windows. The high tin ceilings and concrete walls make for a wonderfully efficient building both in sound and temperature. The City now has a prominent position on the main street of the town. Staff is always ready to give a tour of their City Hall.
The Natalia Public Library is located at the corner of 3rd Street and Kearney, just down from the Post Office. This volunteer library was dedicated on December 9th, 2006. The open hours are a bit limited as the costs are supported with voluntary contributions, but with fund raising such as the Bluebonnet Festival and other activities, Staff hopes to increase the open hours. Volunteers are always needed.
Natalia boasts one of the top Little League facilities in the area. With three fields and lights on the center field as well as a brand new building that houses the snack bar, restrooms and a second story with offices and an announcer/score keeper area with a view of the fields. The three fields are: Ernie Rice Tee-Ball Field, Tom Elliot Field (Baseball), and Freedom Field (Softball). This was a longtime dream of many that has become a reality due to the hard work and dedication by a number of area residents as well as donations from a variety of contributors, both individuals and businesses.
New businesses continue to open in Natalia. Along with our gas station/drive thru locations of which there are three, we have 2 barber shops, a beauty shop, several restaurants, a bank, a well known tire/automotive shop and a funeral home. We also have a large Dollar General Store and a Love’s Travel Station that houses a Subway and Wendy’s. Natalia encourages everyone to support the local businesses.
The two subdivisions still growing with the addition of new homes are White Star and Mustang Estates. New street lights have gone in at Mustang Estates. The City has also added utility service of water and sewer to the homes behind White Star as a continuing commitment to service for the community as a whole.
Since 2003, the Texas Department of Rural Affairs has provided grants to the city that has allowed the City to replace water lines as well as install fire hydrants and first time sewer to families living within the extra territorial jurisdiction areas.
In 2009, the City received a small grant from the Go Texas and Rural Community Beautification program. With additional contributed funds from local businesses as well as donated labor the City had landscaping and decorative street lamps installed. The street lamps bear the names of families that donated the lamps in memory of loved ones. All of this coupled with the renovation of the new City Hall and the opening of the first ever funeral home, Alta Vista Funeral Chapel, has changed the face of downtown.
In 2013, the City was awarded the 2013/2014 Texas Community Development Block Grant Program Community Development Fund in the amount of $275,000.00 to continue with infrastructure upgrades to the sewer system.
Small, but mighty, this ever growing community is looking forward to a bright future.