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 JoaquĆ­n 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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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
2,795 2020 United States Census Bureau
3,482 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,260 2010 United States Census Bureau
3,305 2000 United States Census Bureau
3,206 1990 United States Census Bureau
3,086 1980 United States Census Bureau
3,013 1970 United States Census Bureau
2,811 1960 United States Census Bureau
2,487 1950 United States Census Bureau
2,315 1940 United States Census Bureau
1,231 1930 United States Census Bureau