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
829 2020 United States Census Bureau
956 2019 Texas Demographic Center
857 2010 United States Census Bureau
957 2000 United States Census Bureau
877 1990 United States Census Bureau
947 1980 United States Census Bureau
891 1970 United States Census Bureau
1,065 1960 United States Census Bureau
1,325 1950 United States Census Bureau
1,250 1940 United States Census Bureau
580 1930 United States Census Bureau
700 1920 United States Census Bureau
419 1900 United States Census Bureau
372 1890 United States Census Bureau