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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bandera, Texas

Clickable Map of Bandera County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Bandera County, TX (52) Bexar County, TX (641) Kendall County, TX (89) Kerr County, TX (97) Medina County, TX (84) Real County, TX (21) Uvalde County, TX (67)  BanderaCounty(52) Bandera County (52)  BexarCounty(641) Bexar County (641)  KendallCounty(89) Kendall County (89)  KerrCounty(97) Kerr County (97)  MedinaCounty(84) Medina County (84)  RealCounty(21) Real County (21)  UvaldeCounty(67) Uvalde County (67)
Bandera is the county seat for Bandera County
Bandera is in Bandera County
      Bandera County (52)  
      Bexar County (641)  
      Kendall County (89)  
      Kerr County (97)  
      Medina County (84)  
      Real County (21)  
      Uvalde County (67)  
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1 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — AlamosaurusAlamo Lizard
Size: 69 feet long Weight: 66,000 pounds Diet: Herbivore Habitat: Montana, New Mexico, Texas and Utah Period: 70-65 million years ago (Cretaceous)Map (db m189402) HM
2 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — Amasa Clark1825 - 1927
. . . Map (db m162846) HM WM
3 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 13565 — Bandera Cemetery
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
4 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 290 — Bandera County
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
5 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 291 — Bandera County Courthouse
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
6 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — Bandera County War Memorial
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
7 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 18179 — Bandera Historic Town Center
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
8 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 292 — Bandera Methodist Church (County's First Protestant Church)
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
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9 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 18414 — Bandera Pass
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
10 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 293 — Bandera Pass
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
11 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 23365 — Bandera Water Works Complex
Walter and Francis (Adamietz) Ruge created the Bandera Water Works to serve businesses and residences. Walter Trenklebach bought the franchise in 1936, extending the water main to the school and promoting modernization. In 1938, Bandera citizens . . . Map (db m232896) HM
12 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 17596 — Bandera, "Cowboy Capital of the World"
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
13 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — Bandera, Texas USAState of Texas Resolutions
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
14 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — Bandera, Texas USACowboy Capital of the World
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
15 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 294 — Bandera's First Bank
Bandera's First Bank. On Texas Republic land grant. Hand-cut native rock. Built about 1860. A school, home, shop. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965Map (db m130358) HM
16 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 668 — Camp Montel C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense
(side 1) 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
17 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 718 — Captain Jack Phillips(1839-1876)
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
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18 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 904 — Clark Family Cemetery
​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
19 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — DeinonychusTerrible Claw
Size: 10 feet long Weight: 130 pounds Diet: Carnivora Habitat: Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Maryland Period: 100 million years ago (Cretaceous)Map (db m189438) HM
20 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — DilophosaurusDouble-crested Lizard
Size: 20 feet long Weight: 880 pounds Diet: Carnivore Habitat: North America and Asia Period: 154 to 144 million years ago (Jurassic)Map (db m189437) HM
21 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 1599 — First Bandera County Courthouse
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
22 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 2071 — Frontier Times Museum
​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
23 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — GastornisGaston's Bird
Size: 6 feet tall Weight: 385 pounds Diet: Camivore Habitat: Western-central Europe and North America Period: 55-45 million years ago (Ice Age)Map (db m189440) HM
24 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — GiganotosaurusGiant Lizard of the South
Size: 46 feet long Weight: 17,000 pounds Diet: Carnivora Habitat: Argentina, South America Period: 95 million years ago (Cretaceous)Map (db m189399) HM
25 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — Great Western Cattle Trail
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
26 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 17843 — Great Western Cattle Trail
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
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27 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 18801 — Hendrick ArnoldSurvey No. 59 — Colored Burial Ground —
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
28 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — IndricotheriumIndric Beast
Size: 40 feet long Weight: 44,000 pounds Diet: Herbivore Habitat: China, India, Kazakhstan and Pakistan Period: 33-23 million years ago (Ice Age)Map (db m189443) HM
29 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — Mastodon
Size: 8 to 10 feet tall Weight: 8,000 to 12,000 pounds Diet: Herbivore Habitat: North and Central America Period: 33.9 Million years to 11,000 years agoMap (db m189436) HM
30 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 3474 — Mormon Settlers in Bandera County
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
31 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 3750 — Old Huffmeyer Store
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
32 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 3755 — Old Jail & Courthouse
Built 1881. Local stone, cypress floors used. Housed county offices until 1890. Used 57 years. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965Map (db m130354) HM
33 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 3823 — Old Texas Ranger Trail
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
34 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — PachycephalosaurusThick-headed Lizard
Size: 15 feet long, 6 feet tall Weight: 950 pounds Diet: Herbivore Habitat: North America, Canada, Mongolia and Africa Period: 70 million years ago (Cretaceous)Map (db m189441) HM
35 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 18353 — Pilots' Lounge at Bandera Airpark
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
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36 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — Polly Cemetery - 1890J.P. Rodriguez Settlement 1858-1935
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
37 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 4067 — Polly's Chapel
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
38 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — Polly's Chapel 1882J.P. Rodriguez Settlement 1858-1935
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
39 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — Recognizing Bandera "Cowboy Capital of the World"
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
40 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 4061 — Schmidtke-Callahan House
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
41 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — SmilodonKnife tooth
Size: 79 in - 98 in Weight: 660 pounds Diet: Carnivore Habitat: Every continent, except Australia and Antarctica Period: 1,600,000 to 11,000 years ago (Ice Age)Map (db m189434) HM
42 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 5082 — St. Stanislaus Convent and First Catholic School
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
43 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — StegosaurusRoofed Lizard
Size: Up to 30 feet long Weight: 4,400 pounds Diet: Herbivore Habitat: Colorado, Oklahoma and Utah Period: 154 to 144 million years ago (Jurassic)Map (db m189435) HM
44 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 13423 — The Mills of Bandera
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
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45 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — TorosaurusPierced Reptile
Size: 25 feet long Weight: 15,000 pounds Diet: Herbivore Habitat: North América Period: 70-65 million years ago (Cretaceous)Map (db m189431) HM
46 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — Tribute to Valor
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
47 Texas, Bandera County, Bandera — 13938 — Warren Hunter
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
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