Calaveras is southeast of San Antonio.
The settlement was originally named "Wright" when it was founded in 1860, in Bexar County. A boundary change in 1869 put it into Wilson County.
In 1885, upon the opening of a post office, the community received its current name. The arrival of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway in 1886 brought prosperity and population growth. In 1900, Calaveras achieved its maximum population of 369. The post office closed in 1925, and after subsequent businesses closing down, the town slowly reduced its population to approximately 100.
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