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Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 55, Sabinal, TX 788881- Phone 830-988-2010
If you are looking for BOWHUNTING, stop looking when you get to SABINAL. Sabinal is the BOWHUNTING CAPITOL. We have special hunting leases for bowhunters. We have year around hunting leases. Always some kind of hunting goin' on. If you like bats, birds or wildlife, bring your camera for some great SHOTS.
A little history: Thomas B. Hammer was considered the first settler in 1854. A post office was granted the same year and was designated Hammer's Station. Hammer was first postmaster. Hammer operated a stage shop on the east side of the Sabinal River and on the north side of Highway 90. A Cavalry outpost was established in 1856 on the west bank of the river for the settlers protection. Remains of the old outpost still stand on the south side of Highway 90 just west of the Sabinal River bridge, a historic building falling down. The Calvary's presence did not prevent bandits from killing Thomas Hammer in 1857. Hammer's will was probated in Uvalde County and is very interesting.
The town slowly thrived as settlers moved in built homes and started new businesses. The Southern Pacific Railway reached Sabinal in 1881 and the community grew. The town was incorporated in 1906 (population 500) and the first telephones were installed. Sabinal Christian College was founded in 1907, operated for 10 years then closed. Six cotton gins were active at one time in early 1900s. Cotton was brought by horse and wagon to Sabinal to be ginned and shipped on the railway. Cotton, wool and mohair production were the important economic mainstays. The population had grew to about 1,500 in 1911 and The Sentinel newspaper was published. Population peaked in the 1950's to 2,300.
The town of Sabinal was named by the Spanish for Rio Sabina and Cypress trees along river. Sabinal is located in eastern Uvalde County near the Medina County line. The Sabinal River begins from springs north of Vanderpool (near Lost Maples Natural Area) continues past Sabinal to the west of town and eventually joins the Frio River. It spreads wide in places and old wagon ruts can be seen carved into the hard limestone riverbed. The Sabinal River is about 60 miles long. Some of it flows underground. The Spanish had originally named the river Arroyo de la Soledad, or "Stream of Solitude"
For more history go to Handbook of Texas Online.
Sabinal Chamber of Commerce
|About 1908, bales of cotton are waiting to be shipped on the train, Center Street of Sabinal Texas. Sabinal had as many as 6 cotton gins at one time.||
||The same corner, 8 PM December 24, 2001, Center Street
Christmas lights in the rain. The building has been restored and
houses Brown's Gift Shop.
Visit Brown's Gift Shop and Antique soda fountain on the ground floor of a historical building. Phone 830-988-2312. Good selection of gifts, sodas and snacks. A little further up North Main is Hart's Antiques and beautiful Mesquite furniture. Hart's is famous for their handmade Mesquite Furniture and ships all over the world. Open 7 days a week, call 830-988-2733 or cell 830-275-6580. Across the street from Hart's
Sabinal City Council meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7 PM in the City Hall.
Main Street looking North. Sabinal, Texas about 1920.
Sabinal, Texas public school about 1900.
Sabinal Main Street standing on railroad tracks looking North toward Utopia about 1900.
"SABINAL, TEXAS: A
small town considered the Southwestern Gateway to Texas Hill
The only town I know of where traffic stops to let chickens cross the road.
There is no residential mail delivery. Goin' to the post office is a social event. People say "Good Morning"
and open the door for you. No signs stating "STAND BEHIND THIS LINE". No trouble with parking.
It is a great place to live and raise your family." SRC
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