Introduction to Uvalde, Texas
Uvalde, Texas, in Uvalde county, is 79 miles W of San Antonio, Texas.
This region was originally home to various Native American tribes of hunters and gatherers. Following the establishment of San Antonio in 1718, the region was frequented by Spanish soldiers, mineral prospectors, cattlemen, and buffalo hunters. Juan de Ugalde, governor of Coahuila, led his forces to a decisive victory against the Apaches on January 9, 1790. The area was thereafter referred to as "Ugalde." The first permanent settlers arrived in 1852, and changed the name to "Uvalde." Due to the presence of large oak trees in the community, it is nicknamed the "City of Trees."
Uvalde and Nearby Attractions
- Garner Memorial Museum
- Aviation Museum of Texas at Garner Field
- Cook's Slough Sanctuary
- Garner State Park
- SeaWorld San Antonio
Things To Do In Uvalde
The city of Uvalde has a number of cultural attractions. The Aviation Museum of Texas at Garner Field is situated on a World War II primary training base and has displays of military aircrafts. The Briscoe Art & Antique Collection features an extensive collection of art and antiques, including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Gainsborough. Janey Slaughter- Briscoe Grand Opera House was originally constructed in 1891. This restored opera house now hosts concerts and theater productions. Opportunities to play golf are available at the 18-hole public course in Uvalde Golf Club. Cook's Slough Sanctuary, a natural habitat for birds, is a popular attraction in the area. The city also provides facilities for hunting of quail, turkey, javelin, dove, feral hog, and whitetail deer. In addition, residents of Uvalde celebrate the Palomino Festival every year.
San Antonio International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Uvalde Higher Education
The main campus of Southwest Texas Junior College is situated in Uvalde. Schreiner University, Northwest Vista College, and University of Texas at San Antonio are the other colleges near the city.