Thelma, at the junction of Loop 1604 and the Southern Pacific line, fifteen miles south of downtown San Antonio in southern Bexar County, was established around 1900. A post office opened there in 1906, and after the San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad was built through in 1912, Thelma became a station on the line. By 1914 the town had 300 residents, a general store, and four dairies. Its post office was replaced by general delivery in 1921. In 1940 one business and a population of twenty-five were reported at Thelma. Thelma declined after World War II, and in the early 1990s it was a dispersed rural community with a few scattered houses. The population was forty-five in 2000.

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Christopher Long | © TSHA

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Place type

Thelma is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Watsonville)


Latitude: 29.21412930
Longitude: -98.50168290

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


Population Count, 2009