Guadalupe County Texas Real Estate
Guadalupe County is located ninety miles from the Gulf of Mexico in south central Texas. Guadalupe is bounded by Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Gonzales, Wilson, and Bexar counties. Seguin, the county seat and largest town, is located twenty-five miles southwest of Austin and eighteen miles northeast of San Antonio.
The central Texas region, including Guadalupe County, has supported human habitation for several thousand years. Archaeologists believe some of the artifacts found in the area to be from the Archaic Period while other pieces are more recent, dating from 1200 to 1500. Indian tribes in the area included the Karankawas, Tonkawas, Comanches, and Lipan Apaches.
Guadalupe County takes its name from the Guadalupe River. The Spanish government made one of the first land grants in the Guadalupe County area to Josť de la Baume in 1806. Early communities in Guadalupe County had little formal structure. They began as river crossings, mills, churches, or schools that served widely scattered populations.
By the late 1840s and early 1850s, other settlers had established themselves along York, Mill, Elm, and Santa Clara creeks. The population of the county grew rapidly. The people who settled the county placed great value on education. Residents of Seguin worked to establish Guadalupe College in 1848 and organized the Guadalupe High School Association in 1849. When the association had financial difficulties in the 1850s, the women of the area held a craft sale and supper to raise money, and the men held a fair.
Churches in Seguin ran private schools, such as the Montgomery Institute. The Lutheran Church operated Seguin's public schools in the 1880s and established Texas Lutheran College at Seguin in 1912. Nearly every community in Guadalupe County either had its own school or was near a community that did. Schools such as Live Oak, Elm Creek, Tiemann, Cibolo Valley, and Geronimo provided the basic educational structure of the county until the district system was established in 1901.
The Methodists established the first church in the county at Seguin in 1841. Services were held at the county courthouse until the church building was completed in 1849. By 1853 Seguin had Baptist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal congregations, in addition to founding a church. The Lutheran Church was organized in 1869. Catholics in the area occasionally received sacraments from a visiting bishop, but more frequently traveled to San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio.
In later years as much as 80% of the land was used for farming and ranching. Among the primary crops were hay, oats, wheat, and corn. Other popular crops included watermelon and peaches, not to mention the county's pecan production was sixth in the state. Over 70% of the county's agriculture came from livestock and products, mainly cattle, hogs, poultry, and milk. Professional and related services, manufacturing, and wholesale and retail trade involved nearly 60 percent of the work force. In recent years many people have moved to Guadalupe County from San Antonio, choosing to live in Guadalupe County and work in Bexar.
Local attractions include Lake McQueeney, touted as the "water ski capitol of Texas" you will have the chance to swim, water ski, fish, or just enjoy a hot day by the cool lake. The area also has numerous historic homes and buildings.
Cities and Towns in Guadalupe County
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