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UNIVERSAL CITY , TEXAS

Bexar County, South Texas
Highways 78 & 218 and Loop 1604
18 Miles SW of Seguin
18 Miles NE of San Antonio

Population: 14,849(2000) 13,057(1990)

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Universal City Texas mural
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
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History in a Pecan Shell

A developed community with no 19th century history. It was born at the north gate of Randolph Field. Randolph began operations in late 1931 and the following year a gas station opened. From this modest begining - the town was born. Not a town - a city. Not just a city - but Universal City. The name is said to denote "the universal importance" of the air base.

The population remained small for the first thirty years. In 1960 there was still less than 1,000 Universal Citizens. A lumber company owner started building houses in 1950. Things began taking off in 1963 when the base population was bolstered by the transfer of the Air Force Manpower Personnel Center from Washington, D. C. It's status as a "real" city was debatable. While most towns were started with a post office - Universal City didn't get one until 1971. The population was estimated at only 950 in 1964. But by the 1970s it had grown to over 7,500 prople. The majority of Universal City's population is retired military - or active military living off-base. Local schools fall under the juristiction of the Judson ISD of Converse, Texas.

Universal City Texas architecture: Randolph Laundry & Cleaners
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EDENS CEMETERY
Universal City, Texas

Edens Cemetery, Universal City, Texas
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Edens Cemetery, Universal City, Texas
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Edens Cemetery, Universal City, Texas
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Woman Hollering Creek
Woman Hollering Creek as it flows southeast from source ponds
Woman Hollering Creek as it flows southeast from its source ponds toward FM 1518 and further down where it crosses under I-10. Woman Hollering Creek empties into Martinez Creek just northeast of St Hedwig. - Ruben R. Hernandez, June 2007
Woman Hollering Creek
I have lived in Universal City, just outside the front gate to Randolph Air Force Base, for over 45 years. I take my grandchildren fishing on the small ponds / lakes just south of the base golf course. These ponds are the source of Woman Hollering Creek. A map found on page 137 of Rand McNally's San Antonio and Vicinity shows its source, although the small ponds are not shown. The ponds shown on the map are within the golf course; although the creek's source ponds are outside the golf course boundaries. The [above photo] shows Woman Hollering Creek as it flows southeast from its source ponds toward FM 1518 and further down where it crosses under I-10. Woman Hollering Creek empties into Martinez Creek just northeast of St Hedwig.

As I understand it, Webster's Handy College Dictionary defines "holler" as the verb/noun "yell". I would not confuse "hollering" with "weeping" as the legend of La Llorona implies. The legend of Woman Hollering Creek is totally different. The old folks in the Universal City area have told me that the woman "hollering" was actually a pioneer woman who went to the creek to either get water or to wash clothes and was attacked by indians, thus she "hollered" or yelled for help. A friend whose family owned a ranch for many years on Lower Seguin Rd, about 1/2 mile from the creek's source, vouched for the story several years ago. I passed the legend on to my grandchildren as we netted minnows at the source of the creek. - Sincerely, Ruben R. Hernandez, Universal City, June 28, 2007
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