in a Pecan Shell
The town was founded by Reading W. Black in 1854. The name
he chose for the new town was Encina.
A monument to Black in the form of a huge petrified tree trunk sits
in the very spacious and under-used Pioneer Cemetery which
is the entire 500 block of N. Park Street.
A historical marker telling
the story of notorious King Fisher is also found here.
The flamboyant and handsome John King Fisher was a gunman turned lawman.
He occasionally protected the area against banditti from Mexico
- but it may have also been to protect his huge claim of land. Fisher
wore Leopard chaps - obtained legend says, when he shot a caged tiger
at a circus and paid the circus manager the going rate for leopards.
Fisher was shot in the staircase of a Vaudeville theater in San
Antonio with Ben Thompson, Austin's
Marshall. Both were slain by assassins before they could draw their
guns in the narrow stairwell.
Inge, just one and a half miles south and
east of town, protected Uvalde's citizens from Indian raids. The county
was organized in 1856 and the following year they were granted a post
The town and county were named after Juan de Ugalde, the former
Spanish Governor, but the name was corrupted with time into the current
The population of Uvalde was 2,000 people in 1890 and in addition
to the East-West Railroad - shorter lines extended North and South
Wood and Crystal
Memorial Museum in Uvalde
Nance Garner, Vice-President of the United
States under Roosevelt bequeathed his home for use as a museum and
is buried just west of town. Garner was famous for his fairness, his
outspoken manner and his crusty personality.
Garner loved this part of Texas. He was very good friends with fellow
Rayburn of Bonham.
Landmarks / Attractions
Uvalde County Courthouse
County Park on the Leona River -
site of former U.S. Cavalry outpost c. 1849.
State Park : 26 miles North of town off Hwy 83
drive, continue onto Leakey,
337 to Vanderpool
Maples Natural Area.
Museum of Texas: Just East of Uvalde at the airport.
Museum: 333 N. Park St.
House c. 1891:
Open Monday through Friday 9 to 3 for tours.
FM 481 South -
A Federal facility for warm water fish.
of Commerce: 300 E. Main St. Uvalde, TX
830-278-3361 Website: www.uvalde.org
The Uvalde Grand Opera House c. 1891
Uvalde High School.
One of Uvalde's
former citizens was brought home from Mexico for burial
on US 90 near Uvalde
TE photo, 2001
County 1907 postal map
From Texas state map #2090
Texas General Land Office
County 1920s map
From Texas state map #10749
Texas General Land Office
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