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    SEGUIN, TEXAS

    Guadalupe County Seat, Central Texas South
    Hwy 90 and I-10
    Hwy 123 & 46
    50 miles S of Austin
    21 miles S of San Marcos
    13 miles SE of New Braunfels
    35 miles E of San Antonio

    Population: 22,011(2000) 18,692 (1990)

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    Palace Theater in Seguin Texas
    L - Texas Theatre, c1929 R - The Palace Theatre
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    Seguin, Texas Topics of Interest

    From courthouse to ghost towns and headless ghost
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  • Seguin's Namesake:
  • Juan Seguin: A foreigner in his native land by Clay Coppedge
    How many Texians could say they were at the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto? Juan Seguin could. Or how many Texian veterans of those battles would soon after the war be branded a traitor?
  • An Equestrian Statue of Juan Seguin
  • Seguin Landmarks / Attractions

    Seguin has an outstanding assortment of 19th century and early 20th century buildings. It also has a devoted group of preservationists, local historians, an active garden club and librarians who take care of business. It's also a Main Street City and is home to a couple of writers, one of whom happens to be a town barber.

    We have to wonder if Janice Woods-Windle (author of True Women) co-authored a book with Charley Eckhardt (Tales of Badmen, Bad Women and Bad Places) if their book would be called Truly Bad Women.
    Guadalupe County courthouse Justice, Seguin Texas
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January, 2008
    Guadalupe County Courthouse
    Seguin Landmarks/Attractions
  • Guadalupe County Courthouse
    J. Riely Gordon is primarily known for his Texas courthouse designs, however his other buildings include the Arizona State Capitol building, several county jail buildings and at least this one bank. His Texas courthouse portfolio includes Ellis, Comal, Lee, Gonzales, Wise, Bexar and Victoria Counties.
  • Max Starcke Park / Guadalupe River
  • An Equestrian Statue of Juan Seguin
  • The Ranger Oaks - Historic Trees in Seguin
  • "The World's Largest Pecan"
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  • Seguin TX - Juan Seguin  Equestrian Statue
    Statue of Juan Seguin
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2011
    Seguin Chronicles
    Seguin's Resident Ghost
  • The Ghost on Milam Street by C. F. Eckhardt
  • In Search of Seguin's Headless Ghost by Ken Rudine
  • Seguin Stories
  • Two Pilots, Three Air Forces, One Hometown
    Lt. Col. Alvin Mueller & Lieutenant Dick Campbell
  • The Aumont Hotel
  • The Plaza Hotel
  • Hotel Wars in Seguin
    Two hotels in one town, the rivalry of building them and the little girl who loved them both. No, it's not a Shirley Temple movie script.
  • "Eloise" in Texas
    When you outgrow one lobby, move to another hotel
  • Charley Eckhardt's Badmen, Bad Women and Bad Places - A book review
  • Guadalupe City
  • Seguin Tours & Area Destinations
    Seguin Nearby Favorite Destinations
    13 miles to New Braunfels, 21 miles to San Marcos on I-35

    Guadalupe County Towns & Ghost Towns include:
    Guadalupe County Courthouse

  • Barbarossa
  • Clear Springs
  • Concrete
  • Guadalupe City
  • Kingsbury
  • Marion
  • McQueeney
  • New Berlin
  • Post Oak Community
  • Schertz
  • Seguin - Guadalupe County Seat
  • Selma
  • Staples
  • Sullivan
  • Zorn
  • Zuehl

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  • The 1898 Nolte Bank Building designed by J. Riely Gordon
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    Plaza Hotel in Seguin Texas
    Plaza Hotel and the hanging tree
    c1935
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    Seguin Tours
  • Historic sites and homes - The Seguin Chamber of Commerce has a map of historic sites and homes and another on sites featured in the book True Women. Contact the chamber (1-830-379-6382) for a complete list of the nearby attractions to Seguin.
  • The Seguin Driving Tour as well as the
  • True Women Tour were put together by Wilton Woods, brother of the author of True Women. Mr. Woods has done extensive research on Seguin's architecture and visits his hometown several times a year from his home in New York.
  • Sebastopol State Historic Park is found on Seguin's Driving Tour.
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  • Seguine, Texas - Riverside Cemetery  old graves
    Riverside Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2009
    Texas -  Post Oak Community Cemetery
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2011
    Post Oak Community Cemetery
    Tidbits from Seguin's Interesting History
    Railroad depot
    The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot
    Razed in 1987
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  • The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot c. 1910
    Razed in 1987
    The beautiful Seguin Railroad Station was demolished in the late 1980s when the railroad determined that vacant stations along their line were liabilities. No consideration was given to relocation, although the city would've gladly cooperated.
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    Seguin's mule-drawn streetcar
    Photo courtesy TXDoT
  • Seguin's mule-driven line
    When the railroad was the primary economic force in Seguin, a rail line one mile long was extended to downtown to convey people and parcels downtown. This mule-driven line was Seguin's only public transportation system. In addition, the hotels that were in operation at that time had their private hacks which were forerunners to our so-called "courtesy cars" of today.
  • Texas Beef: It's what was for dinner in California
    In 1854, a Seguinite named Michael Erskine made trail driving history when he drove 1000 head of cattle from Guadalupe County to California. That's right, California. No explanation was given for this destination, but we're sure the cattle were put to good use. A few years later, one Andrew Erskine was killed at Antietam, but we don't know if it was a son or brother of Michael.

  • Death in the Garden - Manhunt to the Red River
    The Seguin Garden Club is one of the few in the State of Texas to have a Texas Brands Inspector buried on their grounds. By brands, of course we mean cattle brands. There was a bit of brand changing going on in the area in 1877. The Inspector - a man named Henry Holmes Batey made a request to inspect a rancher's cattle as they were about to be driven across the Guadalupe River. The man refused and while Henry later napped with his eyes shaded by his hat, he was shot in the head.

    His brother trailed the cowardly assassin all the way to the Red River. After he returned he would only say that he saw the man ride into the river heading toward Indian Territory. He was silent when asked if the man made it to the other side.

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  • Seguin TX Miller Bridge
    The Miller Bridge in Max Starcke Park - later renamed the F.C. Weinert Bridge (1939). Postcard courtesy The William Beauchamp Collection.
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    Seguin Tourist and Local Information
    Seguin Chamber of Commerce: 427 N. Austin Street
    1-830-379-6382 Website: http://seguintx.org.
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  • Subject: Woman Hollering Creek
    At one time, back in the early '80s, the Highway Department sign at Woman Hollering Creek actually did read Woman Hollow Creek. It stayed that for about a year until somebody got through to the folks who put up the signs & told them what the name of the creek actually was. This was when there was an effort to identify the names of all the rivers, creeks, & draws in the state & put road signs with the names on them. There are a lot of 'Five Mile Creek,' 'Fifteen Mile Creek,' & similar signs, because some of the creeks didn't have actual names. They were called "that creek you cross five miles out of town on the County Seat road."

    Along State 16 below San Antonio there's Macho Creek. This has nothing to do with the modern usage of the word 'macho.' 'Macho' is the Spanish word for a gelded mule.

    There's a creek in Seguin, tributary to the Guadalupe, that apparently has never had a name. At any rate, when the state tried to find out the name of the creek so a sign could be put up, no one--not even the oldest folks in town--could remember the creek ever having a name. - C. F. Eckhardt, September 06, 2006

    Texas Escapes November 2000 Feature Town
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