Del Valle, Texas
Del Valle Post Office
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Del Valle // is an Unincorporated community in southeastern Travis County, Texas, United States. Del Valle is a suburb of Austin and part of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 2010 census estimates the population to be 17,139.
In 1812 Santiago Del Valle settled in the hills of Central Texas in a piece of land given to him by the Spanish Government as a land grant. The community of Del Valle, established in the mid-1870s, was named after the land grant. In 1878 a post office opened. By the mid-1880s Del Valle, with 50 residents, also had three churches, two cotton gins, one general store, one steam gristmill, and one school. The primary crops shipped by farmers in the Del Valle area were cotton and grain. By 1900 Del Valle had 75 residents. About 150 people lived in Del Valle in 1927. The Great Depression hampered the community, which had 25 residents in the early 1930s. In 1942 the Del Valle Army Air Base opened (later renamed Bergstrom Air Force Base), leading to an increase in the area population. In the mid-1940s Del Valle had 125 residents. In the mid-1950s Del Valle had 200 residents. By the mid-1880s Del Valle had a school. In 1907 the area common school district had two schools. Throughout much of its history Del Valle was served by the Colorado Common School District Number 36 and the Hornsby-Dunlap Common School District. In April 1963 the school district was renamed Del Valle Independent #910. From the early 1970s to the early 1990s, Del Valle's population estimates hovered around 300. The military base was closed in 1993, to be re-opened as Austin–Bergstrom International Airport in 1999 which brought growth to Del Valle and Southeast Austin.
Government and infrastructure
- "Del Valle, TX." Handbook of Texas. Retrieved on May 10, 2011.
- "A History of Del Valle." Del Valle Independent School District. Retrieved on May 10, 2011.
- "Post Office Location - DEL VALLE." United States Post Office. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.