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