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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; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Medina County, TX (49) Atascosa County, TX (40) Bandera County, TX (33) Bexar County, TX (267) Frio County, TX (10) Uvalde County, TX (46) Zavala County, TX (8)  MedinaCounty(49) Medina County (49)  AtascosaCounty(40) Atascosa County (40)  BanderaCounty(33) Bandera County (33)  BexarCounty(267) Bexar County (267)  FrioCounty(10) Frio County (10)  UvaldeCounty(46) Uvalde County (46)  ZavalaCounty(8) Zavala County (8)
Location of Hondo, Texas
    Medina County (49)
    Atascosa County (40)
    Bandera County (33)
    Bexar County (267)
    Frio County (10)
    Uvalde County (46)
    Zavala County (8)
 
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1Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 332 — Battle of the Arroyo Hondo
On Farm to Market Road 462 6.5 miles north of U.S. 90, on the right when traveling north.
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
2Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 1934 — Fohn-Bless Store
On 18th Street at Avenue K, on the left when traveling west on 18th Street.
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
3Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 12144 — Hondo
On 17th Street at Avenue M (State Highway 462), on the left when traveling east on 17th Street.
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
4Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 2549 — Hondo Methodist Church
On 16th Street at Avenue K, on the right when traveling west on 16th Street.
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
5Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 3068 — Leinweber Building
On Avenue M (Farm to Market Road 462) at 17th Street, on the right when traveling south on Avenue M.
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
6Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 3242 — Masonic Cemeteryof Hondo Valley Lodge No. 252, A.F.& A.M.
On CR 4526 1 mile south of FM 2676, on the left when traveling south.
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
7Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 16070 — Medina County
On Avenue E (Farm to Market Road 462) at 23rd Street, on the right when traveling south on Avenue E.
. . . Map (db m130154) HM
8Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 3313 — Medina County Courthouse
On 16th Street, on the left when traveling east.
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
9Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 3418 — Mission Valley
On Farm to Market Road 462 at Castro Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Highway 462.
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
10Texas (Medina County), Hondo — Old Medina County Jail
On Avenue K at 15th Steet, on the left when traveling north on Avenue K.
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
11Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 5040 — Saint John The Evangelist Catholic Church
On Avenue J at 22nd Street, on the right when traveling south on Avenue J.
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
12Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 4988 — Southern Pacific Depotof Hondo
On 18th Street at Avenue X on 18th Street.
​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
13Texas (Medina County), Hondo — Stephen F. Austin Memorial Oak Tree
On 16th Street, on the left when traveling east.
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
14Texas (Medina County), Hondo — 5639 — Vandenburg
On State Highway 173 0.8 miles north of County Route 441, on the right when traveling north.
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
 
May. 16, 2021