Bandera County, Texas

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Bandera County, formed in 1856 from Bexar and Uvalde counties, is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2000, the population is 17,645. Its county seat is Bandera[1]. Bandera is named for the Spanish word for flag. (See List of Texas county name etymologies.)

Bandera County is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History Timeline

  • 8000 b.c. Early native American inhabitants include Comanche and Lipan Apache.[2]
  • 1841-1843 (exact date uncertain) – Battle of Bandera Pass, John Coffee Hays and a troup of Texas Rangers defeat a large party of Comanches at Bandera Pass.[3][4][5]
  • 1853 John James and Charles S. DeMontel[6] survey and plat the town of Bandera. A. M. Milstead, Thomas Odem, P. D. Saner, and their families camp along the river and begin making cypress shingles. James, Montel and Company build a horse-powered sawmill and open a store.[7][2]
  • 1855 Sixteen Polish families arrive in Bandera to work in James and DeMontel's sawmill. August Klappenbach opens the first store and post office.[2]
  • 1856 The legislature marks off Bandera County from portions of Bexar County, and the county is formally organized.[2]
  • 1860 Population 399, including 12 slaves.[2]
  • 1880 Sheep and Angora goats become more profitable for Bandera than farming.[2]
  • 1920 Cora and Ed Buck began taking boarders at their ranch, beginning the tourist trade in Bandera.[8][9]
  • 1933 Frontier Times Museum[10] opens to the public.[11]
  • 1979 Lost Maples State Natural Area opens to the public.[12]
  • 1982 Eight-two percent of the land in the county is in farms and ranches.[2]
  • 1984 Hill Country State Natural Area[13] opens to the public.[14]
  • 2000 The Nature Conservancy purchases 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) of Love Creek Ranch[15] from Baxter and Carol Adams, creating the Love Creek Preserve.[16]

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