The Bandera Cemetery has served the town of Bandera since the 1850s. The site's oldest burial dates to 1851, before the town's establishment several years later. Many former community leaders of the area are buried in the cemetery. In addition, . . . — — Map (db m155430) HM
A strategic Indian point in early days. Rangers and Comanches struggled here in 1843. In 1854 Elder Lyman Wight settled Mormon colony. In 1855 Poles settled here. From early days a part of Bexar County, created and organized in 1856
Bandera, . . . — — Map (db m117676) HM
First permanent courthouse for county, which was organized in 1856, but used makeshift quarters for offices and courtrooms until this building was erected 1890-91. Style is local version of the Second Renaissance Revival. White limestone for the . . . — — Map (db m111201) HM
In honor of the Bandera County boys who made the supreme sacrifice during the World War
Leslie Bownds · Sam Clark · Ernest Polvado · Oscar Haby · Eddie Burleson · Roy Hinds · Twigg L. Wood · James Polvado · Blake Davis · Charlie Evans · Wade . . . — — Map (db m162834) WM
The origin of the name of Bandera Pass and its namesake city and county dates back to conflicts between the Spanish Army and native Lipan Apaches in the early 18th century. The history of the townsite began in the early 1840s, when Charles de Montel . . . — — Map (db m130359) HM
Built 1880 by members under leadership of B.F. Langford, Sr. Gothic architecture. Hand-cut limestone, with oak timbers. Though enlarged and remodeled, retains original charm. Rev. John Devilbiss (who helped found first Protestant church in San . . . — — Map (db m155445) HM
The prominent feature known as Bandera Pass is a notable landmark in the topography and history of the region. The pass is a narrow natural cut through a chain of hills which run roughly east and west and divide the Guadalupe and Medina river . . . — — Map (db m157932) HM
Celebrated Indian pass known from the earliest days of Spanish settlement · Identified with many a frontier fight and many a hostile inroad · Old ranger trail from the Medina to the Guadalupe River and the United States Army route between frontier . . . — — Map (db m24384) HM
The tradition of the Texas cowboy originated from northern Mexico with the vaqueros, individuals mounted on horseback who herded livestock, mainly cattle, through the open prairie. These men became legends in Bandera County. The City of Bandera . . . — — Map (db m130352) HM
July 12, 1984 - The State of Texas House of Representatives, House Concurrence Resolution No. 94, signed by Texas Governor Mark White. "Be it additionally resolved that the Texas county of Bandera be declared the international headquarters . . . — — Map (db m130398) HM
The town of Bandera was named by Indians. In 1870, a young boy, Herman Lehman, was captured by the Apaches and later lived with the Comanches. At the age of 65 he told this story to Bandera historian J. Marvin Hunter: Lehman said the Comanches . . . — — Map (db m175888) HM
Camp Montel C.S.A.
Site 25 mi. West on Hy. 470, 1 mi. South. Established 1862 as part of Red River-Rio Grande defense line. Named for Captain Charles DeMontel, surveyor and colonizer of Bandera, leader of county . . . — — Map (db m111200) HM
A Bandera County Deputy Sheriff, Capt. Jack Phillips, set out alone on Dec. 29, 1876, on an official visit to Sabinal Canyon. Indians attacked him at Seco Canyon Pass, 22 miles southwest of Bandera. Phillips raced for the nearest settlement. When . . . — — Map (db m117712) HM
Located on the original homestead of Bandera County pioneer Amasa Clark (1825-1927), this small cemetery contains the graves of several generations of the Clark family. The first recorded burial was that of Clark's first wife, Eliza Jane, . . . — — Map (db m155427) HM
Georgia stonemason Henry White is credited with building this structure about 1868. In 1877 a store occupied the first floor and the Masonic Lodge met on the top floor. County commissioners bought the building that year to provide space for county . . . — — Map (db m130355) HM
Built 1933 to house Western collection of J. Marvin Hunter, Sr. (1880-1957), noted historian, journalist, editor and author. Having lived throughout the west, he settled in Bandera as owner of "New Era", 1921-1934. In 1923 he founded . . . — — Map (db m162838) HM
The first herd blazed the trail in 1874, and the last herd made the trip in 1894. Some historians state otherwise, but most agree that the Great Western Cattle Trail started at Bandera, Texas. It was also known simply as the Western Trail, the . . . — — Map (db m175919) HM
The Great Western Cattle Trail (also known as the Old Texas Trail and the Dodge City Trail) was the longest of all 19th century trails used to drive cattle from Texas to distant markets. In 1874, Capt. John T. Lytle and other cowboys led 3,500 . . . — — Map (db m130351) HM
Freedman and soldier Hendrick Arnold (1804-1849) was awarded land following the Texas Revolution for his participation in the Siege of Bexar and the Battle of San Jacinto. He received six surveys in what was then Bexar county, including this . . . — — Map (db m201897) HM
Entered the year-old town of Bandera in March, 1854. Leader was Lyman Wight, church elder who had separated from followers of Brigham Young and taken a colony of 250 to Texas in 1846.
Settling first in Austin, then Fredericksburg (where they . . . — — Map (db m130135) HM
Built 1873 for E. Huffmeyer & brother, by B.F. Langford, Sr., contractor; of native stone.
Bandera's oldest building. Used over 30 years by W.J. Davenport, Sr., as general store. Damaged by fire, 1936.
Restored and remodeled by Thomas . . . — — Map (db m111521) HM
This winding, 100-mile trail from San Antonio to Kerrville was, during the 19th century, a strategic patrol road traveled by Texas Rangers to protect the surrounding area from hostile Indian attacks.
During uneasy pioneer days roads such as . . . — — Map (db m117711) HM
Colonel John Henry "Jack" Lapham (1885-1956) was a son of a co-founder of the Texas Company (later Texaco). He was living in San Antonio by 1920 and had many business interests, Jack, his wife, Julie Edna (Capen), and their four children all had . . . — — Map (db m163481) HM
In the late 1850's, Jose Policarpio" Polly" Rodriguez (1829-1914), a noted US Army scout with 2nd Calvary, became one of the first settlers of Bandera County. His first purchase of 600 acres included this property. Ultimately, he acquired over 4,000 . . . — — Map (db m189491) HM
Named for Policarpo Rodriguez (1829-1914), Texas Ranger, Army Scout and Guide; 1858 Privilege Creek settler. Converted here to Methodist faith, built with his own hands, in 1882, chapel of native stone, where he and others have preached. . . . — — Map (db m155675) HM
An official Texas Historical Landmark
In 1880, the Rev. Jose Policarpio "Polly" Rodriguez (1829-1914) completed this chapel on his ranch. Plans began when he selected this gentle rise west of nearby Privilege Creek. Then, he faced the building . . . — — Map (db m189489) HM
The State of Texas Governor
To all to whom these presents shall come, greeting know ye that this official certificate is presented in recognition of:
Bandera, "Cowboy Capital of the World" receiving a Texas historical commission . . . — — Map (db m177189) HM
This home was constructed in the 1870s by Georgia stonemason James Henry White for Charles F. Schmidtke (1839-1884). A native of Germany, Schmidtke was an early Bandera merchant, grist miller, and lumber mill operator. White's grandson J. Calvin . . . — — Map (db m163287) HM
Polish settlers, who came to Bandera in 1855, built this convent and Catholic school in 1874. All classes, except religion and music, were moved in 1882 to a nearby frame school building. In 1922 a second story was added to the native limestone . . . — — Map (db m130357) HM
Communities in the 19th century relied on mills to provide lumber, shingles, flour and cloth. Local millers and blacksmiths were integral community members, providing the necessary materials for early development. Stephen F. Austin reported in 1833 . . . — — Map (db m130356) HM
With deserving respect for all men and women of every Military Department of the United States Armed Forces, the membership of faithful veteran comrades, in Bandera County, unite in the formal dedication of this monument to those whose . . . — — Map (db m162841) WM
Artist John Warren Hunter (1903-93), son of J. Marvin Hunter, was born in Kimble County and known for his scenic depictions of Texas. A 1923 graduate of Bandera High School, he soon began printing the Harper Herald with his wife Lora. After . . . — — Map (db m162319) HM
Joe H. Newcomer (Jan. 19, 1910 - Dec. 23, 1967) Special Texas Ranger, Deputy Sheriff, Justice of Bandera County, World War II Shipboard Security Officer for Chemical Company, Also Uvalde Alderman, County Clerk, Chief of Police. Member . . . — — Map (db m155439) HM
125 Years of Bandera history!
Polly Texas Pioneer Association, a local 501.c.3 non-profit, is proud to announce its acquisition of Polly's Schoolhouse. The schoolhouse was built in 1892 by J.P. "Polly" Rodriguez. The schoolhouse served as . . . — — Map (db m189492) HM
Polly, Texas was founded by Jose Policarpio "Polly" Rodriguez (1829-1914) in 1858. Polly was a noted frontieraman, surveyor and US Army scout with the 2nd Calvary who became one of the first settlers of Bandera County. His purchase of acreage and . . . — — Map (db m189485) HM
During the mid-1800s the Texas Hill Country was the site of many hostile encounters, some deadly, between pioneer immigrants whose permanent settlements ran counter to area Native Americans accustomed to unrestrained hunting and gathering. One . . . — — Map (db m155608) HM
Founded 1883, named for Henry Taylor. He, Gid Thompson and other early settlers gave land and founded school. First trustees were D. Harper, H. Kennedy, H. Taylor. First one-room frame building had homemade desks and recitation benches. . . . — — Map (db m111332) HM