Bandera County, Texas
Bandera county courthouse
The Bandera County Courthouse in Bandera. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 31, 1979.
Map of Texas highlighting Bandera County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of USA TX
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1856
Seat Bandera
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

798 sq mi (2,067 km²)

6 sq mi (16 km²), 0.73%
 - (2010)
 - Density

23/sq mi (9/km²)

Bandera County, formed in 1856 from Bexar and Uvalde counties, is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2000, the population is 17,645. Its county seat is Bandera[1]. Bandera is named for the Spanish word for flag. (See List of Texas county name etymologies.)

Bandera County is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History TimelineEdit

  • 8000 b.c. Early native American inhabitants include Comanche and Lipan Apache.[2]
  • 1841-1843 (exact date uncertain) – Battle of Bandera Pass, John Coffee Hays and a troup of Texas Rangers defeat a large party of Comanches at Bandera Pass.[3][4][5]
  • 1853 John James and Charles S. DeMontel[6] survey and plat the town of Bandera. A. M. Milstead, Thomas Odem, P. D. Saner, and their families camp along the river and begin making cypress shingles. James, Montel and Company build a horse-powered sawmill and open a store.[2][7]
  • 1855 Sixteen Polish families arrive in Bandera to work in James and DeMontel's sawmill. August Klappenbach opens the first store and post office.[2]
  • 1856 The legislature marks off Bandera County from portions of Bexar County, and the county is formally organized.[2]
  • 1860 Population 399, including 12 slaves.[2]
  • 1880 Sheep and Angora goats become more profitable for Bandera than farming.[2]
  • 1920 Cora and Ed Buck began taking boarders at their ranch, beginning the tourist trade in Bandera.[8][9]
  • 1933 Frontier Times Museum[10] opens to the public.[11]
  • 1979 Lost Maples State Natural Area opens to the public.[12]
  • 1982 Eight-two percent of the land in the county is in farms and ranches.[2]
  • 1984 Hill Country State Natural Area[13] opens to the public.[14]
  • 2000 The Nature Conservancy purchases 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) of Love Creek Ranch[15] from Baxter and Carol Adams, creating the Love Creek Preserve.[16]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 798 square miles (2,066.8 km2), of which 792 square miles (2,051.3 km2) is land and 6 square miles (15.5 km2) (0.73%) is water.

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As of the census[17] of 2000, there were 17,645 people, 7,010 households, and 5,061 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 9,503 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.02% White, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.90% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.55% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. 13.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,010 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.80% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 27.60% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,013, and the median income for a family was $45,906. Males had a median income of $31,733 versus $24,451 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,635. About 7.70% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

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Unincorporated areas Edit


The following school districts serve Bandera County:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Long, Christopher. "Bandera County, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Fisher, O Clark (1966). "Battle of Bandera Pass". Great Western Indian Fights. Bison. p. 41. ISBN 978-0803251861. 
  4. ^ Tobin, Peggy. "Battle of Bandera Pass". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  5. ^ McConnell, Joseph Caroll. "Famous Battle of Bandera Pass". Fort Tours. Fort Tour Systems, Inc.. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Schumacher, Dr MJ (5 November 2009). "Granddaughter’s memories bring early history to life". Bandera County Courier. 
  7. ^ Tobin, Peggy. "Bandera, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Wise, Dan (25 July 2006). "Celebrate Bandera County honors Bandera County's dude ranches". The Bandera Bulletin. 
  9. ^ "Old Buck Ranch". Texas State Historical Markers. William Nienke, Sam Morrow. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Pohlen, Jerome (2006). "Frontier Times Museum". Oddball Texas: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places. Chicago Review Press. pp. 140–141. ISBN 978-1556525834. 
  11. ^ "Frontier Times Museum". Texas State Historical Markers. William Nienke, Sam Morrow. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Lost Maples State Park". Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Coppedge, Clay. "Bandera-Hill Country State Natural Preserve". Texas Escapes. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  14. ^ "Hill Country State Natural Area". Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  15. ^ Permenter, Paris; Bigley, John (2006). Day Trips from San Antonio. GPP Travel. p. 149. ISBN 978-0762738687. 
  16. ^ "Love Creek Preserve". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  17. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 29°44′N 99°14′W / 29.74, -99.23

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