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Kingsville streets restored to their original names in historic neighborhood

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KINGSVILLE -

The City of Kingsville has returned several streets to their original names in response to community members efforts, though the changes are honorary.

Avenues A, B, C, and D, between sixth and 14th streets in Kingsville haven't always had single letter calling cards. They were originally named Sims, Perez, Chaparral and Garza.

In fact, the neighborhood was once known as "La Colonia Mexicana," and its residents haven't forgotten.

"Most of the time, when you talk to people about this neighborhood, they say, 'where is that?'...so that needs to change, because the people who reside in this neighborhood, they were here first," explained Maggie Salinas, a neighborhood business owner in the area. She added, "their ancestors started here, this was the first neighborhood in Kingsville."

The name changes are honorary, meaning residents won't have to change their addresses, but the original names are now back on local street signs.

A history professor over at Texas A&M University Kingsville and a local business owner led efforts to restore the original street names.

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