Bandera, Texas

Bandera, Texas

Downtown view of Bandera, the seat of Bandera County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Bandera is on State Highway 16 fifty miles northwest of San Antonio in east central Bandera County. A townsite plat for the settlement, designated county seat at the formation of Bandera County in 1856, was filed with the first county commissioners' court that year by John James, Charles DeMontel, and John Herndon. The site, on a cypress-lined bend of the Medina River, had been occupied by Indians, then by White campers making shingles. The town and county were named for nearby Bandera Pass. The founders formed a partnership in 1853 to build a town and water-powered lumber mill. They recruited immigrant workers from Upper Silesia by way of the Polish colony in Karnes County (see POLES). These workers arrived in 1855, and each family received purchase rights to town lots and farmland.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
956 2019 Texas Demographic Center
857 2010 Texas Demographic Center
957 2000 Texas Demographic Center
877 1990 Texas Demographic Center
947 1980 Texas Demographic Center
891 1970 Texas Demographic Center
1,065 1960 Texas Demographic Center
1,325 1950 Texas Demographic Center
1,250 1940 Texas Demographic Center
580 1930 Texas Demographic Center
700 1920 Texas Demographic Center
419 1900 Texas Demographic Center
372 1890 Texas Demographic Center