Cuero, Texas

Cuero, Texas

City of Cuero and County Seat of DeWitt County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Cuero is at the convergence of U.S. highways 183, 77A, and 87, in central DeWitt County. It is the largest city in the county and the county seat. The first post office in DeWitt County was established in May 1846 in Daniel Boone Friar's store, four miles north of the present site; it was also called Cuero (later Old Cuero). Cuero is named after Cuero Creek, which the Spanish had called Arroyo del Cuero, or Creek of the Rawhide, in reference to the Indians' practice of killing wild cattle that got stuck in the mud of the creekbed. When the Gulf, Western Texas and Pacific Railway was extended from Indianola to San Antonio, the Cuero site was chosen as a midway stopping point in the construction of the line. Although the tracks were not completed to Cuero until January 1873, construction of business establishments and homes was begun as early as November 1872. Among the first residents were Benjamin McCulloch and Gustav Schleicher. Schleicher, who surveyed the railroad, platted the new town for his Cuero Land and Immigration Company, and Robert J. Kleberg surveyed the site in January 1873.

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
8,128 2020 United States Census Bureau
7,545 2019 Texas Demographic Center
6,841 2010 United States Census Bureau
6,571 2000 United States Census Bureau
6,700 1990 United States Census Bureau
7,124 1980 United States Census Bureau
6,956 1970 United States Census Bureau
7,338 1960 United States Census Bureau
7,498 1950 United States Census Bureau
5,474 1940 United States Census Bureau
4,672 1930 United States Census Bureau
3,671 1920 United States Census Bureau
3,109 1910 United States Census Bureau
3,422 1900 United States Census Bureau
2,442 1890 United States Census Bureau
1,333 1880 United States Census Bureau