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    HONDO, TEXAS

    Medina County Seat, Texas Hill Country
    US-90 and FM 462
    W of Castroville
    E of D'Hanis & Sabinal
    38 miles E of Uvalde
    39 miles W of San Antonio

    Population 7076 (2000)

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    Former Medina County Jail, Hondo Texas
    Former Medina County Jail in Hondo
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2002
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    Ten or Twelve Things You should know about Hondo

  • Originally named Hondo City - the name of the post office (est. 1882) changed to Hondo in 1895.
  • The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad came through from San Antonio in 1881.
  • Hondo became the county seat after an election in 1892 took the designation from Castroville.
  • Nearly the entire business section was built of Medina County D'Hanis brick.
  • The Newton Boys robbed one Hondo bank one night and while waiting for their ride - robbed the other.
  • The Hondo Army Airfield with 600 buildings on 3,600 acres was built in 1942 in less than 90 days.
  • The courthouse clock tower was removed in a 1942 remodeling.
  • This remodeling also gave the courthouse indoor plumbing.
  • Medina County Courthouse, Hondo Texas
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2002
    Medina County Courthouse
    Hondo Chronicles
  • Hondo by Mike Cox
    Hondo, a word made famous by Louis L'Amour.
  • Hondo's Sign Spans the Decades -
    Four post cards of the Hondo Welcome signs
  • Bat Bombs Cartoon by Roger T. Moore
    In WW II, the Navy took over a bat cave near Hondo and eventually strapped small bombs to the little creatures and dropped them on Tokyo.

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    Hondo Chamber of Commerce - 830-426-3037
  • Old jail chimney dated 1893
    Hondo old jail detail
    circa 1893
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    Hondo Texas railroad depot
    The former Hondo depot
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    Raye Theater in Hondo
    The Raye Theater in Hondo
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    Blue Star Memorial Highway
    Blue Star Memorial Highway marker on Highway 90 in Hondo
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