Bandera, Texas

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Bandera, Texas
City
Bandera County Courthouse
Bandera County Courthouse
Nickname(s): "Cowboy Capital of the World"
Location of Bandera, Texas
Location of Bandera, Texas
Bandera Bandera.svg
Bandera, Texas is located in the US
Bandera, Texas
Bandera, Texas
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 29°43′30″N 99°4′20″W / 29.72500°N 99.07222°W / 29.72500; -99.07222Coordinates: 29°43′30″N 99°4′20″W / 29.72500°N 99.07222°W / 29.72500; -99.07222
Country United States
State Texas
County Bandera
Government
 • Mayor Suzanne Schauman
Area
 • Total 1.20 sq mi (3.10 km2)
 • Land 1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation 1,243 ft (379 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 857
 • Density 720/sq mi (280/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78003
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-05528[1]
GNIS feature ID 1330000[2]
Website www.cityofbandera.com

Bandera is the county seat of Bandera County, Texas, United States, in the Texas Hill Country, which is part of the Edwards Plateau.[3] The population was 857 at the 2010 census.[4] It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Bandera calls itself the "Cowboy Capital of the World". The Frontier Times Museum, founded by J. Marvin Hunter and named for Hunter's Frontier Times magazine, is located in Bandera across from the First Baptist Church. Bandera also has a large presence in biker culture.[citation needed]

History[edit]

A visitor to Bandera can see a sign on Main Street, in front of the fire department, which states that Bandera was founded by Roman Catholic immigrants from Poland. St. Stanislaus Catholic Church was built by those immigrants, and the church is one of the oldest in Texas. Many of the residents are descended from those original Polish immigrants.

Several stories exist regarding the origin of the name "Bandera". One says that in the 19th century, a flag was placed at the top of a path that came to be called Bandera Pass, due to bandera being the Spanish and Polish word for flag.

Bandera was the starting point of the Great Western Cattle Trail, during the second half of the 19th century.

Geography[edit]

Bandera is located in east-central Bandera County at 29°44′N 99°4′W / 29.733°N 99.067°W / 29.733; -99.067 (29.7258, -99.0750).[5] It is 47 miles (76 km) northwest of downtown San Antonio, on the Medina River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which 0.008 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.55%, is water.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890372
190041912.6%
1920700
1930580−17.1%
19401,250115.5%
19501,3256.0%
19601,065−19.6%
1970891−16.3%
19809476.3%
1990877−7.4%
20009579.1%
2010857−10.4%
Est. 2017898[6]4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census of 2000, there were 957 people, 408 households, and 239 families residing in the city. The population density was 820.2 inhabitants per square mile (316.7/km2). There were 488 housing units at an average density of 418.2 per square mile (161.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.98% White, 0.21% African American, 0.52% Native American, 2.51% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.84% of the population.

There were 408 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.4% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city, the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,089, and the median income for a family was $36,500. Males had a median income of $27,604 versus $17,813 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,502. About 11.0% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.0% of those under age 18 and 17.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Bandera is served by the Bandera Independent School District and home to the Bandera High School Bulldogs.

Entertainment[edit]

  • Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie visited the town while taping their reality television program, The Simple Life 2. They worked at the Bandera County Jail.[citation needed]
  • The city is home of Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar, a famous Hill Country honky-tonk, and was included in the 1975 horror film, Race with the Devil.[8]
  • On Sunday mornings, Bandera is a popular destination for motorcyclists from San Antonio, known as the Bandera Breakfast Run.
  • Bandera is home to the Bandera Riverfest that takes place in June each year on the Medina River, offering tubing, kayaking, cookoffs, and live music throughout the weekend.
  • Willie Nelson has an instrumental called "Bandera" on his Red Headed Stranger record.
  • Bandera was once home to Texas music legend Robert Earl Keen.[9]
  • Bandera is the hometown of singer-songwriter brothers Bruce Robison and Charlie Robison.
  • The rugged Hill Country State Natural Area is the location of the Bandera 100K trail run and the Cactus Rose 100 mile endurance run, two of the toughest ultramarathons in Texas. Both are hosted annually by race director and veteran trail runner Joe Prusaitis.
  • The Bandera Downs horse racing facility lies just northeast of town. It is now closed.
  • The Mayan Dude Ranch and the Dixie Dude Ranch are both over 50 years old and are located in Bandera.
  • Rudy Robbins (born 1933), a Western actor, stuntman, singer, and songwriter, lived in Bandera for nearly five decades until his death in 2011.
  • Dylan "Tex" Stone, also known as "The Bandera Butthole", works for Barstool Sports, and is a Bandera native. He has fought, and subsequently lost on two separate occasions for Barstool's amateur boxing promotion; Rough N' Rowdy.

Sister cities[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bandera city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Honky Tonk Texas, USA". Archived from the original on 12 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  9. ^ "Music Feud divides Hill Country town". Archived from the original on July 5, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  10. ^ a b "Interactive City Directory". Sister Cities International. 

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