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UVALDE, TEXAS

Uvalde County, Texas Hill Country
US 90 and 83
State Highways 55, 117, and 140
65 miles West of San Antonio
35 miles from Brackettville
50 miles from Del Rio

Population: 14,929 (2000)

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Uvalde Grand Opera House & street scene
Uvalde at Dusk. TE photo
History 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.
Uvalde founder tombstone plaque Founder's plaque
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Uvalde founder headstone
tombstone in Uvalde's Pioneer Cemetery
One of Uvalde's former citizens was brought home from Mexico for burial
TE photo
Uvalde High School
Fort 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 office.

The town and county were named after Juan de Ugalde, the former Spanish Governor, but the name was corrupted with time into the current spelling.

The population of Uvalde was 2,000 people in 1890 and in addition to the East-West Railroad - shorter lines extended North and South to Camp Wood and Crystal City.

Uvalde High School, TE photo
Garner Museum in Uvalde
Garner Memorial Museum in Uvalde
TE photo
John 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 Texan Sam Rayburn of Bonham.
John Troesser

Uvalde Attractions

1927 Uvalde County courthouse, Uvalde Texas
Uvalde County courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2007
  • The Uvalde County Courthouse
  • Pioneer Cemetery
  • Fort Inge County Park on the Leona River -
    site of former U.S. Cavalry outpost c. 1849.
  • Garner State Park : 26 miles North of town off Hwy 83
  • For scenic drive, continue onto Leakey,
    take FM 337 to Vanderpool to Lost Maples Natural Area.
  • Aviation Museum of Texas: Just East of Uvalde at the airport.
  • Garner Memorial Museum: 333 N. Park St.
  • Grand Opera House c. 1891:
    Open Monday through Friday 9 to 3 for tours.
  • Fish Hatchery: FM 481 South -
    A Federal facility for warm water fish.


  • Chamber of Commerce: 300 E. Main St. Uvalde, TX 78801
    830-278-3361 Website: www.uvalde.org

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    Uvalde Grand Opera House

    The Uvalde Grand Opera House c. 1891
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    Railroad bridge Uvalde Texas
    Railroad bridge on US 90 near Uvalde
    TE photo, 2001

    PEOPLE

  • Vice Presidential Library of John Nance Garner or Mr. Smith Goes to Uvalde
  • FDR by Mike Cox ("TexasTales" Column)
    ... In his memoir, Smith remembered Sept. 27, 1942 as a quiet, hot day. When the special pulled into the small Uvalde depot about noon that Sunday, only one man in town, and only a handful in Texas, knew why the train had stopped or who sat in one of the cars... more
  • Pat Garrett by Clay Coppedge
  • The Day I Rode with the Newton Boys by Linda-Kirkpatrick
    The notorious Newton Boys played havoc on banks and trains during the Roaring Twenties... The Boys called Uvalde home off and on and it is ironic that the movie of their life starred Uvalde native, Matthew McConaughey.

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    Sabinal
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    Del Rio

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