St. Hedwig, Texas

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St. Hedwig is a town in Bexar County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,875 at the 2000 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The town was founded by John Demmer in 1852 when he moved here from his native Silesia. In 1856 four more Silesians immigrated to the area and built the site's first Catholic Church, Annunciation [1] (under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio). In 1860 a post office called Cottage Hill opened, but was later renamed St. Hedwig after the patron saint of Poland. By 1868 the community had built a stone church, and in 1897 the town boasted 200 families mainly from Poland and Germany and their black tenants.

Geography

St. Hedwig is located at 29°25′28″N 98°12′52″W / 29.42444°N 98.21444°W / 29.42444; -98.21444 (29.424484, -98.214357)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.1 square miles (77.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,875 people, 653 households, and 543 families residing in the town. The population density was 62.3 people per square mile (24.1/km²). There were 687 housing units at an average density of 22.8/sq mi (8.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.95% White, 2.88% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.67% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.35% of the population.

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