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    MEDINA, TEXAS

    Bandera County, Texas Hill Country
    Highway 16 and FM 337
    12 miles NW of Bandera
    21 miles S of Kerrville
    Population: Around 250 in town, 500 including the surrounding area

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    History 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.

    Livestock raising 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.


    Medina Area Scenic Drive

    From "Swimming to Mexico" - Part III:

    "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."
    Bandera County TX 1920s Map
    Bandera County 1920s Map showing Medina (NW of Bandera)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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