in a Pecan Shell
In 1865 it was reported that a cluster of families had settled around a sawmill
here. The community was granted a post office in 1880.
In the 1890s, Medina
had grown to include most essential businesses as well as a hotel, a (private)
bank and three stores to serve 150 residents.
In 1914 Medina had grown
to 400 residents but fell by 150 as the Great Depression settled in. After WWII
it enjoyed a replenished population, bring it back to 475.
remained the primary economic engine. Apple cultivation was introduced in the
1980s and before the end of the decade, Medina had been declared the official
Apple Capital of Texas (Texas Aggricultural Commission).
In 1990 the immediate
vicinity around Medina produced 100 tons of apples.
The 1990 census reported
just over 500 residents, although people are scattered. The estimate of people
residing in Medina proper is said to be closer to 250.
Area Scenic Drive
to Mexico" - Part
"Leaving Kerrville on Hwy 16 you encounter a rise in elevation
until you descend into the Medina River Valley. The small town of Medina is near
the headwaters of the Medina River which flows past Bandera
and into Medina Lake in Medina County. At Medina head west on 337. The east-and-west
route of FM337
is a scenic route not to be missed. It would be best if you had the sun behind
you. Take this road in the early morning if you can. If not, strong sunglasses
would be in order especially in the late afternoon to navigate the uphill and
downhill curves of the road on steep slopes overlooking cloistered valleys. While
on-coming traffic is sparse, you’ll probably encounter it on a curve. An abundance
of Texas mountain laurel would make this a trip to take again in the spring when
they bloom in profusion."
County 1920s Map showing Medina (NW of Bandera)|
Texas General Land Office
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