“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hondo, Texas

Clickable Map of Medina 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> Medina County, TX (84) Atascosa County, TX (48) Bandera County, TX (52) Bexar County, TX (631) Frio County, TX (11) Uvalde County, TX (67) Zavala County, TX (8)  MedinaCounty(84) Medina County (84)  AtascosaCounty(48) Atascosa County (48)  BanderaCounty(52) Bandera County (52)  BexarCounty(631) Bexar County (631)  FrioCounty(11) Frio County (11)  UvaldeCounty(67) Uvalde County (67)  ZavalaCounty(8) Zavala County (8)
Hondo is the county seat for Medina County
Hondo is in Medina County
      Medina County (84)  
      Atascosa County (48)  
      Bandera County (52)  
      Bexar County (631)  
      Frio County (11)  
      Uvalde County (67)  
      Zavala County (8)  
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1 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 332 — Battle of the Arroyo Hondo
In 1842 the Mexican Army launched three invasions into Texas to reclaim territory lost during the Texas Revolution. Col. Rafael Vasquez's Army briefly occupied San Antonio in March, and in July Texans fought with Col. Antonio Canales' forces near . . . Map (db m81867) HM
2 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 1934 — Fohn-Bless Store
Store-residence built in D'Hanis about 1878 by John Fohn (1839-91), a native of Prussia. In addition to a general mercantile store, the structure was also the site of D'Hanis elections and a Justice of the Peace Court. In 1897, Rolf Frerichs . . . Map (db m162641) HM
3 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 12144 — Hondo
Spanish explorers passed this way several times in the centuries preceding Anglo settlement of the area. The original village that would become Hondo was situated on "El Arroyo Hondo," named by the Spanish. Permanent settlers to the area began . . . Map (db m5779) HM
4 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — Hondo Army Air Field
At the beginning of World War II, on March 31, 1942, the United States War Department authorized the construction of an Air Force Training School at Hondo to cost in excess of five million dollars. H.B. Zachry construction company was given 100 days . . . Map (db m222969) HM
5 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 22424 — Hondo Army Air Field
As the U.S. prepared to enter World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt requested annual production of 50,000 aircraft and training for thousands of pilots and navigators. For many months, the Army Air Corps struggled to train sufficient numbers of . . . Map (db m193785) HM
6 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 2549 — Hondo Methodist Church
Early Methodist settlers in this area worshipped under a live oak tree on the banks of the Hondo Creek. The Methodists organized as a church in 1857 and held services in a log hut. A church/Masonic lodge was built on ten acres of land given to the . . . Map (db m130152) HM
7 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 3068 — Leinweber Building
Built in 1907 for Ernest Roland Leinweber (1869-1922), a prominent Hondo businessman, this three-story commercial building was constructed by prolific South Texas contractor Gus Birkner, who also participated in the construction of the Texas State . . . Map (db m162638) HM
8 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — Lon MooreTexas Ranger - Indian Fighter
Lon Moore was born in Caldwell County, Texas in 1844. His father, Daniel Boone Moore, was also an Indian Fighter and cousin to famed frontiersman, Daniel Boone. Lon Moore's mother was related to the family of Jim Bowie. Moore's family settled . . . Map (db m193734) HM
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9 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 3242 — Masonic Cemeteryof Hondo Valley Lodge No. 252, A.F.& A.M.
In 1859, a decade after Medina County was created, Freemasons and others in the New Fountain Settlement built a 2-story stone church-lodge hall at this site. Hondo Valley Lodge No. 252, A.F. & A.M., was chartered in 1860. The Masonic Cemetery . . . Map (db m155385) HM
10 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 16070 — Medina County
. . . Map (db m130154) HM
11 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 3313 — Medina County Courthouse
Medina County was organized in 1848 with Castroville as the county seat. In 1892, as the result of an election, the seat of county administration was relocated to Hondo City (now Hondo). The Commissioners Court immediately ordered a courthouse to be . . . Map (db m5777) HM
12 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — Medina County War Memorial
Dedicated to the Honor and Sacrifice of the Men and Women of Medina County Who Served Our Country in World Wars I and II 2nd side of marker Korea and VietnamMap (db m193766) WM
13 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 3418 — Mission Valley
Following Texas Emancipation in 1865, many freed slaves remained in this area on their former masters' farms. By 1869 Blacks had organized a church and a school on the north bank of Hondo Creek (about 2 Mi. N). Beginning in 1876, landowner L.L. . . . Map (db m162635) HM
14 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — Old Medina County Jail
Designed and built in 1893 for $15,000 by the firm of Martin, Byrnes & Johnston, which was then constructing the County Courthouse. This building, designed in the crenellated, round-arch castle style with rock-faced Texas limestone, was an image . . . Map (db m162650) HM
15 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — Peachtree School
The history of the Peachtree school and community begins when the first settlers found ripe peaches on trees near the waterhole. The site was used for barbecues and picnics under the big trees where mustang grape vines made deep shade. The young . . . Map (db m193007) HM
16 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 5040 — Saint John The Evangelist Catholic Church
Constructed of Seco brick in 1912, this is the second church structure to serve the Catholic community in Hondo. Designed by San Antonio architect Fred Bowen Gaenslen, it was built by Alfred R. Wottlin during the pastorate of the Rev. J.J. Meyers. . . . Map (db m162643) HM
17 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 4988 — Southern Pacific Depotof Hondo
​The first rail line reached this area in 1881 and town lots were sold that year for Hondo City. The line was built by the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway. It connected with the Southern Pacific System building east from . . . Map (db m155609) HM
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18 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — Stephen F. Austin Memorial Oak Tree
This tree planted on April 15, 2004 was grown from an acorn harvested from the live oak tree located on the site of Stephen F. Austin's death near present-day West Columbia, Texas. Under that large tree, a Texas Historical Monument marks the place . . . Map (db m5778) HM
19 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — The First Baptist Church of Hondo, Texas
Hondo City Baptist Church of Christ was organized in July 1882, by Elder W.D. Johnson of the Baptist State Missionary Convention (Baptist General Convention of Texas), with eleven charter members. Plans were made "To build a house" by the end of the . . . Map (db m193773) HM
20 Texas, Medina County, Hondo — 5639 — Vandenburg
Located on the banks of Verde Creek (Arroyo Verde), Vandenburg, founded in 1846, was one of the colonies established by Empresario Henri Castro. Immigrants settled nearby and began farming. They dug a trench eight feet wide by six feet deep to . . . Map (db m79257) HM
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Apr. 21, 2024