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Did You Know This Texas Community was Selena’s Hometown?

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A biography of the Queen of Tejano music, better known as Selena Quintanilla, was released in 1996 by author Joe Nick Patoski. In the process of researching the topic, Patoski enlisted the assistance of Richard Zelade, who successfully helped ensure its factual accuracy. Many fans know Selena by simply her first name, something that generally occurs when stars reach a truly epic status, as she did. But few knew the tiny details of her life that helped form the celebrity they had come to admire and love. One of these details was Selena’s hometown, the community in Texas where she was born.

Lake Jackson is located in Brazoria County, Texas. As of the most current census, its population sits at just under 27K. At the time when Selena was born (1971), it would have been considerably smaller and was long known as a close-knit community. It got its humble beginnings in 1942, when a portion of Lake Jackson was developed for workers of the Dow Chemical Company. 5K acres on what was once the Abner Jackson Plantation became its foundation.

Did You Know This Texas Community was Selena's Hometown?

Photo: Facebook/Selena

In the review and research of “Selena – Como LA Flor” by Patoski, Zelade researched her early years to produce not only an interesting telling of the life of this amazing star. Reminiscences of Selena and her family’s home, work, and school life were shared by friends, neighbors, and co-workers from Lake Jackson, producing details that only served to completely solidify her as an icon to her already avid fanbase. Selena’s hometown proved a treasure trove of infomation about the singer’s life.

Did You Know This Texas Community was Selena's Hometown?

Photo: Facebook/Selena

The popularity of the life and times of this beautiful Tejano songstress is only overshadowed by her tragic loss. The story of her life has been shared in movie and book form, and it was slated for a Netflix series as recently as December 2018. Fans have continued their passion for her image, her appeal, and her talent over the years, so much so that Texas lawmakers proposed April 16 as a state holiday in her honor. The Lake Jackson years of her life served to create the foundation on which her career and the future merchandising empire were built. Learning of Selena’s hometown and family origins in Brazoria County is just one of the many tiny details that fans have come to know and adore about her.