Bandera is on State Highway 16 fifty miles northwest of San Antonio in east-central Bandera County. A townsite plat for the settlement, designated county seat at the formation of Bandera County in 1856, was filed with the first county commissioners’ court that year by John James, Charles DeMontel, and John Herndon. The site, on a cypress-lined bend of the Medina River, had been occupied by Indians, then by White campers making shingles.
The town and county were named for nearby Bandera Pass. The founders formed a partnership in 1853 to build a town and water-powered lumber mill. They recruited immigrant workers from Upper Silesia by way of the Polish colony in Karnes County (see POLES). These workers arrived in 1855, and each family received purchase rights to town lots and farmland.
The presence of the United States Cavalry at Camp Verde after 1856 encouraged increased activity and settlement. Bandera served the needs of the military and of settlers who took up small holdings in the area. After the Civil War, the town boomed as a staging area for cattle drives up the Western Trail. Farm boys became cowboys. Ranchers built holding pens and signed on as trail bosses. Storekeepers contracted as outfitters.
Cotton was a commercial crop during this period. An ornate courthouse begun in 1890 announced prosperity from the town square. For local stockraisers, sheep and goats proved more profitable on the shallow limestone soil than cattle, but not until 1920 did the Bandera County Ranchers and Farmers Association organize cooperative storage and marketing of wool and mohair (see WOOL AND MOHAIR INDUSTRY).
The local economy declined after 1900; a series of floods destroyed sawmills, gins, and businesses, and the cattle drives ceased. Until the San Antonio highway was constructed in 1936 Bandera remained relatively inaccessible. Other roads remained unpaved as late as the 1950s.
In 1920 Cora and Ed Buck began taking summer boarders at their ranch on Julian Creek. Other families soon advertised for guests, and by the 1930s Bandera had become well known as a resort offering riverside camps, restaurants, dance halls, and rodeos to complement surrounding dude ranches.
Bandera was incorporated in 1964. A Medina River flood in 1978 caused heavy loss of life and property and emphasized the necessity for strict control of the floodplain. In 1988 state and city officials joined in proposing that most of the floodplain within the city be made open parkland. Although Bandera County’s population almost doubled after 1970, the population of Bandera has varied little; it has remained in the range of 1,000 since 1928.
In 1988 the town had a population of 1,012 and seventy rated businesses, including crafts stores, medical and veterinary clinics, a sawmill, a weekly newspaper, the county library, seven churches, and the Frontier Times Museum. Bandera offers opportunities for tourism, camping, horse racing, and dude ranching. The population was 877 in 1990 and grew to 957 in 2000. (source)
Replicas of Dinosaurs, Ice Age animals, and educational play stations are located on the eight acre grounds of the Bandera County History Museum. Inside there are over 100 full-body animal mounts positioned in hand-painted dioramas portraying their natural habitats. An international collection of art pieces are displayed in the museum. The New Spain Art Hall with a collection of more than 150 pieces from the Spanish Viceregal period has been added.
Paintings, sculptures, silver, furniture, antique Talavera, and ivories are included in the permanent collection. A model of a Manila Galleon welcomes visitors with an introduction of how the New Spain Art is distinctive from the art created in Europe. The New Spain Art Hall contains a permanent collection of more than 150 pieces from the Spanish Viceregal period of 1521-1820. The collection consists of paintings, sculptures, silver, furniture, antique Talavera and ivories. Miguel Cabrera, Cristobal de Villalpando and Jose de Ibarra are artists represented in the collection.
Explore over 5,000 acres of rugged canyons, scenic plateaus and tranquil creek bottoms at this former ranch northwest of San Antonio. Escape from the bustle of modern life to a more relaxed time and place. Hill Country State Natural Area offers primitive camping, backpacking, nature-watching and multiuse trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.
Trails range from easy to challenging, from one-mile strolls to miles-long rambles. The easy Heritage Loop takes you past remnants of the former ranch. The West Peak Overlook is a staff favorite, with a steep climb leading to expansive views of the western Hill Country.
Enjoy the over 20,000 square feet of “pure antique heaven” in the Western Trail Antiques and Marketplace, located in a historical building filled with antiques, western collectibles, glass, a large selection of Enid Collins & Collins of Texas vintage bags, pottery, fabulous estate furniture, local Texas artists & their talents & goods throughout the store.
The Town Mountain Miniatures Museum is a museum of dollhouse miniatures, most of them are in 1/12th inch scale. More than 100,000 miniatures, in many different settings, and one room of vintage miniature toys.
As visitors walk through the Frontier Times Museum’s doors, they are transported back to the days when museums served as cabinets of curiosities, displaying wonderful and weird treasures. Museum founder and luminary, J. Marvin Hunter, Sr., never said no to a gift to the museum’s collection. He felt that if the artifact was important to the donor, then it should be important to everyone.
This resulted in the museum’s eclectic and eccentric collection that has amazed visitors for 80 years. Today, the museum also serves to honor the legacies of the American cowboy and our ranching traditions with displays on local rodeo champions, the Harvey Chelf Barbed Wire Collection, the Debbie Henderson Western Hat Collection, and the Frontier Times Museum Texas Heroes Hall of Honor.
The mission of the museum is to preserve and share the cultural heritage of Bandera County and the Texas frontier times. The museum serves the county and visitors through eclectic collections that tell stories through exhibitions and educational programs that promote Bandera County and its impact on the Texas frontier.
The philosophy of Bandera Historical Rides is to give riders the best and safest experience of riding. They are happy to take good time to show you how to “ride” and learn about your horse. They do not do typical nose-to-tail, so riders need to be able to handle their horse by themselves. And yes, ALL rides are in private groups.
They believe that all horses can have a job! They rescue and retrain at Major Hope Corral where they also offer horsemanship and riding lessons and pony rides. This is the way to finance the program for re-training and re-establishing horses. And they also have a gift shop specifically to support the rehabilitation/retraining of the horses that still do not work as trail horses or have been re-homed. For all that stay at the ranch, you will have the opportunity to join in the rehabilitation/retraining.
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