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CUERO, TEXAS

DeWitt County Seat, Central Texas South
Highways 183, 77A, and 87
28 Miles NW of Victoria
33 Miles SE of Gonzales
About 37 Miles SW of Hallettsville
Population: 7,116 (2010) 6,571 (2000)

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Cuero Texas Stratton Building Highway 183
A Victorian strip on Cuero's Highway 183 (Alt 77).
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008

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  • History in a Pecan Shell:

    DeWitt County’s first post office opened in 1846 in a store four miles north of present-day Cuero. This town was also called Cuero, after the creek of the same name. The Gulf, Western Texas and Pacific Railroad chose Cuero as a stop since it was equidistant between the port of Indianola and San Antonio. The railroad arrived in January of 1873 and by 1876 Cuero took the title of county seat from the railroad-deficient town of Clinton.

    Hurricanes in 1875 and 1886 crippled and then killed Indianola – creating an influx of people and businesses. It was the shot-in-the-arm that the fledgling town needed – and it had long term effects.

    The town suffered a devastating fire in the Spring of 1879 and lawlessness threatened to get a foothold until local law-enforcement was bolstered by the Home Protection Club, a police auxiliary.

    In 1886 the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway (SAAP) added a line to Houston. Cuero had the potential to rival Victoria with its potential exploitation of the Guadalupe River, but the river proved not to be navigable. The following year Cuero had a population of 2,500 and what seemed to be a limitless future.

    The town had the economic boost of a railroad machine shop and a large textile factory with steam-powered looms. Cuero had one of the states largest cottonseed oil mills in the 1890s and its long-running turkey industry shipped birds nationwide for the first four decades of the 20th century.

    Cuero’s population reached 3,671 by the mid-1920s and the hydroelectric dam built on the Guadalupe River was once the largest in Texas. By the mid-1940s the population rose to 5,474 and reached 7,498 in the next decade. Cuero was the state’s largest shipper of cattle in 1942 and 1943.

    In the late 1960s Cuero reached its high-water mark with 7,800 residents. In the mid-1980s it had declined to just over 7,000. The county courthouse was restored in the mid 1950s and has just completed another restoration in 2008. The DeWitt County Historical Museum shares space with the chamber of commerce in the former post office. The population was 6,571 for the 2000 census.


    Cuero Today >
    First Turkey Trot, Cuero, Texas  1912 photo
    The first Cuero Turkey Trot
    1912 Vintage photo courtesy William Beauchamp Collection

    Cuero, Texas Landmarks & Attractions

     DeWitt County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    DeWitt County Courthouse
    Cuero Texas main street
    Cuero's "Main Street"
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    Cuero Texas 1903 building with mural
    An artistic mural complements fancy brickwork.
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
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    Cuero Texas narrow building
    "Making the best use of a narrow alley since 1879."
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    Cuero Texas stone bouquet
    A stone bouquet graces a former drugstore.
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    Cuero Texas former hotel
    A former hotel.
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    Cuero Texas former post office
    The former post office is now the local museum and chamber of commerce.
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
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    Cuero Texas former post office device
    A familiar device on the former post office.
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    Cuero Texas jewelers neon sign
    24 Carat Neon.
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    Cuero Texas 1907 Graves building
    A restoration in progress.
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    Cuero Texas Graves ghost sign
    Ghost Sign for the benefit of the "pedestrian trade."
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    Cuero Texas 7up ghost sign
    Squares on rectangles: A rare 7up Ghost Sign
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    Cuero Texas "baby chicks" ghost sign

    Feed Store Ghost Sign
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
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    Cuero Texas outdoor cast iron staircase
    A beautiful cast iron staircase.
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
    Cuero Texas restoration in progress
    Yet another restoration in progress.
    TE Photo, July 2008
    Cuero Texas Runge Co ghost sign
    Runge and Company:
    One of the many businesses that relocated from Indianola

    TE Photo, July 2008
    Cuero Texas Coca-Cola  ghost sign
    A familiar ghost sign:
    Cuero's old Coca-Cola bottling works is still standing nearby.

    TE Photo, July 2008
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    Cuero Texas Stratton Building threshhold
    A downtown threshold.
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    Eagle, War Memorial on courthouse lawn, Cuero Texas
    The War Memorial on the SE corner of the courthouse lawn.
    TE photo, July 2008
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    DeWitt County courthouse

    The DeWitt County Courthouse
    TE Photo, July 2008
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    Cuero Texas dog

    White Fang / Pink Tongue. The friendliest dog in Cuero
    TE Photo, July 2008
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    Cuero Vintage Photos
    Postcards courtesy William Beauchamp Collection
    Cuero TX, Cuero Dam 1911 postcard
    Cuero Dam
    1911 postcard courtesy William Beauchamp Collection
    Main Street,  Cuero, TX main street, 1910 postcard
    Cuero, Texas main street
    1910 postcard
    Presbyterian Church, CueroTexas 1910 postcard
    Presbyterian Church, Cuero Texas 1910 postcard
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    Cuero TX Luthern Hospital
    Luthern Hospital, Cuero, Texas
    Cuero Postcards courtesy William Beauchamp Collection
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