Poteet is on Farm Road 476 and State Highway 16, twenty miles south of San Antonio in north central Atascosa County. It was named for its first postmaster, Francis Marion Poteet, who operated the post office out of his blacksmith shop beginning in 1886. The town had a cotton gin, a gristmill, and a wagonmaker in 1892. In 1896 Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Mumme settled in the area, on land that had been part of the original Joaquín de la Garza land grant, and opened a general store. Mumme succeeded Poteet as postmaster and in 1904 found artesian wells in the area; this ready source of water made the location more attractive to farmers. Apparently his discovery was prompted by a drought in 1902 that ruined that year's cotton crop. The Poteet community did not really begin to grow until 1910, when the Artesian Belt Railroad passed nearby on land donated by the Mummes. In 1910 the Mummes also donated land for the new townsite, three miles southwest of the original post office, and built a new store there.
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Poteet by the Numbers
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|3,482||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,260||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,305||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,206||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,086||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,013||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,811||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,487||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,315||1940||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,231||1930||Texas Demographic Center|