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 Texas : Towns / Central Texas South : Cuero

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: 6,571 (2000)

Cuero Area Hotels:
Victoria Hotels | Gonzales Hotels

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

Cuero Topics of Interest:

A Visit to Cuero >
DeWitt County Courthouse >
Cuero History >
Cuero Turkey Trot >
Cuero Vintage Photos >
DeWitt County Trip
- A drive through Cuero, Yorktown, Yoakum and Arneckeville
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.

A Visit to Cuero

Photos courtesy Stephen Michaels & Raoul Hashimoto
 DeWitt County Courthouse
DeWitt County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
Cuero Texas main street
Cuero's "Main Street"
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
Cuero Texas Stratton Building Highway 183
A Victorian strip on Cuero's Highway 183 (Alt 77).
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."
TE Photo, July 2008
Cuero Texas stone bouquet
A stone bouquet graces a former drugstore.
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, July 2008
Cuero Texas former hotel
A former hotel. TE Photo, July 2008
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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.
TE photo, July 2008
Cuero Texas jewelers neon sign
24 Carat Neon. TE photo, July 2008
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Cuero Texas 1907 Graves building
A restoration in progress. TE photo, July 2008
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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. TE photo , July 2008
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 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
Cuero Stories:
Chupacabra by Mike Cox
Cuero Trip:
DeWitt County Trip
-
A drive through Cuero, Yorktown, Yoakum and Arneckeville

Cuero Area Destinations:
Victoria - Victoria Hotels
Gonzales - Gonzales Hotels
Hallettsville - Hallettsville Hotels
San Antonio - San Antonio Hotels
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