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Seguin, Texas
Water tower in Seguin
Water tower in Seguin
Location of Seguin, Texas
Location of Seguin, Texas
Guadalupe County Seguin.svg
Coordinates: 29°34′28″N 97°57′55″W / 29.57444°N 97.96528°W / 29.57444; -97.96528Coordinates: 29°34′28″N 97°57′55″W / 29.57444°N 97.96528°W / 29.57444; -97.96528
CountryUnited States United States
StateTexas Texas
 • TypeCouncil-manager government
 • Council-ManagerMayor Don Keil
Ernest Leal
Jeannette "Jet" Crabb
Nick Carrillo
Tomas V. Castellon, Jr.
Carlos Medrano
Fonda Mathis
Donna Dodgen
Neil "The Grass" Tyson
 • City ManagerDoug Faseler
 • Total19.2 sq mi (49.7 km2)
 • Land19.0 sq mi (49.3 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation522 ft (159 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total25,175
 • Density1,311.2/sq mi (812.1/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes78155-78156
Area code(s)830
FIPS code48-66644[1]
GNIS feature ID1346881[2]
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Seguin, Texas
Water tower in Seguin
Water tower in Seguin
Location of Seguin, Texas
Location of Seguin, Texas
Guadalupe County Seguin.svg
Coordinates: 29°34′28″N 97°57′55″W / 29.57444°N 97.96528°W / 29.57444; -97.96528Coordinates: 29°34′28″N 97°57′55″W / 29.57444°N 97.96528°W / 29.57444; -97.96528
CountryUnited States United States
StateTexas Texas
 • TypeCouncil-manager government
 • Council-ManagerMayor Don Keil
Ernest Leal
Jeannette "Jet" Crabb
Nick Carrillo
Tomas V. Castellon, Jr.
Carlos Medrano
Fonda Mathis
Donna Dodgen
Neil "The Grass" Tyson
 • City ManagerDoug Faseler
 • Total19.2 sq mi (49.7 km2)
 • Land19.0 sq mi (49.3 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation522 ft (159 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total25,175
 • Density1,311.2/sq mi (812.1/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes78155-78156
Area code(s)830
FIPS code48-66644[1]
GNIS feature ID1346881[2]
Guadalupe County Courthouse in downtown Seguin
Walnut Springs Park on Walnut Branch, a small tributary of the Guadalupe River, was first constructed by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Seguin Municipal Building, a New Deal project built in Art Deco style in 1935, Lewis Wirtz architect
Los Nogales Museum, only adobe building in Seguin (built 1849)
The charming Dietz-Castilla Doll House, built 1910, is located next to Los Nogales Museum.
Sebastopol House State Historic Site, one of the oldest surviving concrete buildings west of the Mississippi River
Entrance to Heritage Museum in Seguin
The 1916 Aumont Hotel is part of the Commercial District on the National Register of Historic Places. It is under restoration by its owner to offer seven rooms for rent.
The restored Texas Theatre, opened in 1931, designed by Marvin Eickenroht.
The Palace Theatre in the downtown Historic District hosts periodic community events.
Originally built for E. Nolte & Sons Bank, it was designed by James Riely Gordon, the master architect of Texas Courthouses.
Built in 1914, St. James Catholic is one of almost a hundred church buildings by Leo M.J. Diehlman.
Steeple of the Chapel of the Abiding Presence at Texas Lutheran University, Henry Steinbomer architect

Seguin (/sɨˈɡn/ sə-GHEEN) is a city in and the county seat of Guadalupe County, Texas, United States.[3] The estimated municipal population in 2012 was 26,272.[4]

Seguin is one of the oldest towns in Texas. It was founded just sixteen months after the Texas Revolution. The frontier settlement was a cradle of the Texas Rangers and home to the celebrated Ranger Captain Jack Hays, perhaps the most famous Ranger of all.[5]

Later Seguin was the home of Dr. John E. Park, who experimented in construction using concrete made from local materials. The nearly 100 structures—the courthouse, schools, churches, homes, cisterns, walls, etc.—made up the largest concentration of early 19th-Century concrete buildings in the U.S.[6] About 20 of them remain standing.

The use of concrete largely ended when the railroad arrived in 1876, bringing cheap lumber and the equipment needed for brick-making. The town had five brickworks, and the wooden buildings of downtown were completely replaced with brick by the beginning of World War I.

For almost 100 years, the town was dependent on the rich surrounding farmland and ranches. Then an oil boom came just as the Great Depression was taking down other towns and cities. Seguin could raise enough taxes to match federal grants for 'make-work' projects. The New Deal transformed the city's public face with Art Deco style City Hall, Courthouse, Jail, and fountain, as well as storm sewers, sidewalks, and three swimming pools (one for Anglos, one for blacks, one for Hispanics). The town commemorated its centennial by opening Max Starcke Park, with a golf course, picnic ares, a pavilion, a scenic river drive, and a curving dam that created one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Texas.

To preserve some of the historic character of the town, Seguin became one of the state's first Main Street cities, and the downtown district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fine homes from the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century can be found on many streets, but the city does not have any officially designated historic residential districts.

The post-war era also saw industrial development, with an electric furnace mini-mill turning scrap metal into construction products, a large plant that makes electronic components for automobiles, and most recently a Caterpillar plant making diesel engines.

Weather and Climate[edit]

On the northern edge of the South Texas Plains, Seguin enjoys a mild winter. The warm sunny days of spring bring on spectacular shows of wildflowers March into June. Most of Texas suffers hot, dry summers June into September. Then cold fronts pushing down usually trigger precipitation and make October a rainy month, bringing 'a second spring' of wildflowers. At their worst, fall and winter have 'northers', fast-moving cold fronts with wind, often rain, and rapid drops of temperature, frequently falling 30 degrees or more during one day. But as commonly noted, if you don't like the weather in Texas, just wait—it will change. So northers give way to warm spells, right through the winter.

Texas Brags[edit]

It ain't braggin' if its true!


Parks and Outdoors[edit]


Seguin loves a good parade, and holds three every year.

These parades follow the traditional route, south on Austin St. from College St. (or further north), passing through the Historic Downtown District.

Annual Events[edit]

Performing Arts[edit]

The Mid-Texas Symphony holds half its concerts in the Jackson Auditorium at TLU in Seguin, the other half at various venues in nearby New Braunfels, in addition to two free Children's Concerts in each city. The symphony was founded in 1978 by Anita Windecker, a music professor, who believed that these towns, and her beloved Texas Lutheran University, could support a professional orchestra. Today Seguin and New Braunfels are the smallest cities in the U.S. to sponsor one. In 2013 David Mairs marked his 18th season as Music Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony. Laurie Jenschke is the Choral Director and Director of the TLU/MTS Community Music Academy.

Public Art[edit]

National Register Sites[edit]

Guadalupe County has about a dozen sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, most of them in Seguin:[16]

In addition, the county boasts 80 Texas State Historical Markers,[17] with about 25 of those within Seguin's city limits.

State and Federal Representation[edit]

Seguin was represented in the Texas House of Representatives from 1983 to 2010 by the Republican Edmund Kuempel. A native of Austin, businessman Kuempel died in office two days after being unopposed for reelection. John Kuempel, Edmund Kuempel's son, won the special election on December 14 of that year to succeed his father in the District 44 seat in the Texas House. He was reelected in 2012.

Democrat Ruben Hinojosa has represented Guadalupe County in the U.S. House of Representatives as part of Texas' 15th Congressional District, since 2012. One of the "fajita" districts, the 15th runs in a narrow strip from Seguin down to Edinburg and McAllen in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.


Seguin is located at 29°34′28″N 97°57′55″W / 29.57444°N 97.96528°W / 29.57444; -97.96528 (29.574329, -97.965332).[18] This is 35 miles east-by-northeast of downtown San Antonio, on Interstate 10. It is about 50 miles south of Austin on Hwy 123, off Interstate 35, or by Hwy 130, a toll road..

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.2 square miles (50 km2), of which 19.0 square miles (49 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.89%) is water.

The elevation at the Court House is 522 feet above sea level.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[19]
2012 Estimate[20]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 25,175 people, up from 22,011 in 2000. There were 8,794 households, and 5,968 families residing in the city. In 2000, the population density was 1,157.2 people per square mile (446.8/km²)., and there were 8,164 housing units at an average density of 429.2 per square mile (165.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city in 2000 was 75.9% White, 8.0% African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 13.6% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 55.4% of the population.

There were 8,794 households out of which 29.3% had their own children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. Individuals made up 27.3% of all households and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.25.

The population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 20 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.3 years. Females were 51.7%, and males were 48.3% of the populations.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $31,618, and the median income for a family was $36,931. Males in 2000 had a median income of $27,007 versus $19,690 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,740. About 13.2% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Seguin is served by the Seguin Independent School District, with about 8,000 students in 14 schools:

Under the 2013 accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency, Seguin ISD and each of its campuses received "Met Standard" ratings based upon the new performance standards.

The performance index-based rating system applies one of two labels to districts and public schools across the state: Met Standard and Improvement Required.

In addition, Barnes Middle School received all three Distinction Designations: Academic Achievement in Reading/English language art, in Math, and in Student Progress. Briesemeister Middle School earned Distinction Designations for Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA and Student Progress. Saegert 6th Grade Center received the Distinction Designation for Academic Achievement in Reading, as did Koennecke Elementary School.[22]

The Seguin High football team, the Matadors, enjoys a traditional rivalry with New Braunfels H.S. Unicorns, lasting since 1923, making it a claimant for the longest series of football games in the state.

St. James Catholic School [23] A Historical Marker notes original concrete portion from 1854 makes this the oldest continuously occupied school building in Texas.

Navarro Independent School District [24] Serves students in northern Seguin and rural areas beyond.

Christian Academy [25]

Seguin Lifegate Christian School [26]

Higher Education[edit]

Texas Lutheran University, with about 1,400 students, is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.[27] TLU was ranked #3 among the Best West Regional universities by U.S. News & World Report 2013.[28] It has a diverse student body, with 27% Hispanic, 10% African-American, and only 20% describing themselves as Lutheran.[29] Texas Lutheran recently joined the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, NCAA Division III, so its teams play Austin College, Colorado College, Centenary College in Shreveport, Schreiner University, Southwestern University, Trinity University, and the University of Dallas.

Central Texas Technology Center, one of the Alamo Colleges, is located north of Seguin. CTTC offers specialized education and workforce skill development to meet the needs of existing and prospective employers. Seguin's Economic Development Corp. also funds CTTC's Manufacturing Technology Academy, which offers dual credit courses and internships for high school juniors and seniors.[30][31]

Health and Hospitals[edit]

The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (GMRC) is a new, ultramodern, state-of-the-art facility, with double the space it had before a recent $100 million expansion. Now one of the finest hospitals in Central Texas, with 750 employees supporting 65 physician specialists.

GRMC's services include an expansive Emergency Department, a Wellness Center, and a nationally recognized orthopedic surgery department.

GRMC has also earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center's prestigious "Pathway to Excellence" redesignations, among other awards.


The city operates the free Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library at 707 E. College St. The Blumberg Library at TLU is also open to for use by adults who pay a $15 annual membership.

Notable people[edit]

Newspapers and Radio[edit]

Remarkably, Seguin is one of the very few cities in the country with competing daily papers. The Gazette, a broadsheet, has been publishing for 125 years, since 1888. It is now part of the Southern Newspapers chain. The Daily News is part of the news operation of the locally owned and independently programmed radio station KWED.


The U.S. Air Force's 12th Flying Training Wing operates an airfield for practice approaches and touch-and-go landings, known as Randolph AFB Auxiliary Field/Seguin Field. It was originally constructed with three runways about 12 miles east-northeast of Randolph AFB, in 1941. Today it has a single active 8350-ft runway. Normally unattended, it is supported by a manned runway supervisor unit and aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles when conducting flight operations.

The main offices of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority are located on East Court St. in Seguin. The GBRA manages Canyon Dam, upstream on the Guadalupe, as well as four small dams in the county and other facilities.[32]

The Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corporation, half owned by each city, was created in 1998 to develop and operate a wholesale water supply system. Using wells in the Carrizo Aquifer in Gonzales County, production began in September 2002. It now also supplies Selma, Universal City, and Converse, as well as Springs Hill Water Supply Corp., and the San Antonio Water System. Its offices are in Starcke Park, near the Seguin waterworks.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) operates a Parole Office in Seguin.[33]

The United States Postal Service operates the Seguin Post Office at 531 West Court St. and the Seguin Annex at 1500 East Court, in the mall next to Bealls.[34][35]




Greyhound offers daily service to Houston and San Antonio.


Tri City Taxi Service is based in Seguin.

Highways and scenic routes[edit]



The Seguin area was once inhabited by the native hunter-gatherer Indians of Texas. An on-going archeological dig indicates campgrounds dating back 10,000 years or so, with trade items from Mexico and Arizona. The early visitors may have come to gather pecans, because the native trees bearing the tasty nut thrive in the river bottoms of the Guadalupe River. By the time the first European explorers passed through, predominantly Tonkawas lived in the area, camping around the Guadalupe and other streams in the area. Eventually Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo settlers started farms and ranches in the location that would become Seguin.

Early History[edit]

Jose Antonio Navarro, one of the earliest settlers and an important figure of Texas history, developed a ranch near Seguin.[36] In 1831, land was granted to Umphries Branch by the Mexican government. The Branch and John Newton Sowell Sr. families settled in 1833 in the western part of Green DeWitt's colony.[37] Sowell was a farmer, and in 1833 he and his brothers became the first Anglo-American immigrants to raise corn in future Guadalupe County.[38]

Between 1827 and 1835, twenty-two families came to the area as part of the DeWitt Colony; by 1833 there were forty land titles in the region, fourteen of which received grants directly from the Mexican government.[39] In 1836, John Gladden King lived near Seguin. His farm neighbored the Sowells on the northwest and Branch on the southeast. A son, William Philip King, reportedly was part of a cannon crew and was the youngest defender killed during the battle of the Alamo.[40] These homesteads were abandoned in the Runaway Scrape.

19th-Century History[edit]

The town of Seguin was founded August 12, 1838, 16 months after Texas won its independence at the Battle of San Jacinto, making it one of the oldest towns in Texas. Members of Mathew Caldwell's Gonzales Rangers acquired land originally granted to Umphries Branch, who had departed during the Runaway Scrape and sold his land to Joseph S. Martin.[41]

At this time the Seguin area was a part of Gonzales County. The Rangers had found this was a good halfway stop between their patrol points. The big oaks and walnut groves along the Walnut Branch (aka Nogales means 'nuts' in Spanish), had become a familiar and pleasant location. It had been maintained as a base camp by the rangers since the early founding of the Dewitt Colony.[42]

Under an ancient live oak, thirty-three Rangers signed the charter for the town. Many were surveyors who joined Joseph Martin in laying out the lots for the town. Its original name was Walnut Springs, but was changed just six months later to honor San Jacinto veteran and then a Senator of the Republic of Texas, Juan Seguín.[37] The surveyors' plan for the city included a main north–south street that ran straight and flat for a mile and more. The streets form a grid, around a central square of two blocks, today's Courthouse Square and Central Park, formerly known as Market Square.

Manuel Flores, veteran of San Jacinto and brother-in-law of Juan Seguin, established a ranch just south of Seguin in 1838.[43] It became a safe-haven for San Antonio families and a staging point for counterattack when Bexar was overrun in 1842 by Santa Anna's forces under Ráfael Vásquez [44] and Adrian Woll.[45]

Leading the resistance forces from this location was Texas Ranger John Coffee "Jack" Hays. When duty allowed, Jack Hays would be a familiar resident of Seguin. In 1843, Hays set up a gathering point at the "station" in Seguin, where the classic Ranger character would be born.[46] He met Susan Calvert, whose father owned the Magnolia Hotel, where they married in April, 1847.[47]

Serving under Hays were two other famous Ranger residents of Seguin: Henry McCulloch and Ben McCulloch. Their home known as "Hardscramble" still stands and was designated a Texas State Centennial historic site in 1936.[48] Colonel James Clinton Neill, commander of the Alamo, was known to be buried here. The site was also historically marked during the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition.[49]

Seguin was named the county seat, and Guadalupe County was organized, early in 1845, as Texas became a state. The first county judge was Michael H. Erskine. The town was incorporated in 1853, and a city government was organized under acting Mayor John R. King, until elections were held later that year and John D. Anderson became the first elected Mayor.

A few years later, another town was laid out on the west side of Seguin, on land that had been titled by the Alamo defender, Thomas R. Miller and sold in 1840 to Ranger James Campbell in partnership with Arthur Swift and Andrew Neill.[50] This area became part of Seguin within a few years, but 150 years later the east–west streets still do not match up to cross through the old Guadalupe Street border.

When Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels and his German colonists were making their way in 1845 to the land they had bought to settle, Calvin Turner and Asa Sowell from Seguin were hired to guide them. Later Seguin became a stopping point and trade center for German immigrants along their route from the ports of Indianola and Galveston to the German settlements around New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.[51] Many Germans en route heard of the hard times in those Hill Country settlements and decided instead to buy land and settle around Seguin.

After Texas became a state, many settlers arrived from the Old South, bringing in total hundreds of slaves, though only a few plantation owners held more than a dozen slaves. Most of the slaves lived on small farms with their owners, who remained subsistence farmers for years after settling their land. The contributions of African Americans to building the community are all but ignored in local histories written during the period when slavery was still being excused as justifiable due to the alleged low development of those enslaved. But in fact, for the first 50 years, and probably for the first 100 years of the town, blacks did most of the construction work, including the main concrete buildings such as Sebastopol. (see below).

Education was important to the town. By 1849, it chartered a school. The first schoolhouse was built in 1850; it burned and was soon replaced by a two-story limecrete building. This Guadalupe High School, now a part of the St James parochial school, was recognized by a historical marker in 1962 as the oldest continuously used school building in Texas.

Seguin was home to Dr. John E. Park's concrete (limecrete). Called "the Mother of Concrete Cities" in the 1870s, the town once had nearly 100 structures made of limecrete, including the courthouse, schools, churches, houses, cisterns, and many walls. There were so many limecrete walls and corrals that Seguin gave the effect of being a walled city. This was the largest and most significant concentration of 19th-Century concrete buildings in the U.S.[6] About 20 of these vintage buildings survive today.

In 1857, Frederick Law Olmsted, later famous as the landscape architect of New York's Central Park, toured Texas, writing dispatches to the New York Times. Olmsted exclaimed at the concrete structures he found here, almost on the edge of the frontier, and described the city as "the prettiest town in Texas."

One surviving concrete home, the Sebastopol House;[52] built in 1856, is a Texas Historical Commission Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places due to its unusual limecrete construction and architectural style.[53]

Stagecoaches began to serve the town in 1848, connecting coastal ports to San Antonio and points west. The Magnolia Hotel was an overnight stop for the exhausted, hungry, and dirt-covered riders. A young slave had the honor of standing on a stone to pull the bell rope alerting the community to the arrival of the stage, which brought visitors, the mail, newspapers, and special merchandise. Heading west from the Magnolia, the stage route went through town, passing the courthouse. Today a mural commemorates its path. During the Great Depression, workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps traced part of the route with stone walls, showing how it moved downhill, crossed Walnut Branch (a spring-fed tributary of the Guadalupe River), and climbed the other side.

The historic Wilson Pottery site is on Capote Road, near Seguin. The pottery was the first successful business in Texas owned and operated by freed slaves, beginning in 1869.[7]

During Reconstruction, the freed slaves in Seguin organized their own congregation, the Second Baptist Church, and, in 1876, a school that came to be known as the Lincoln School. In 1887 they established Guadalupe College, comparable to a junior college today, with a heavy concentration on vocational education. These institutions were begun with the help of Rev. Leonard Ilsley, an abolitionist minister from Maine. But William Baton Ball, himself an ex-slave, Union soldier in the Civil War, and former Buffalo Soldier, became their leader. He was greatly assisted by his friend and benefactor George Brackenridge of San Antonio. (The main buildings of Guadalupe College burned due to a boiler malfunction during a bitterly cold night in 1936, and the life of the college ended.)

The railroad reached Seguin in 1876 en route to San Antonio, when the oldest railway in Texas, the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad chartered on February 11, 1850, as the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway Company built the first Seguin depot. It became part of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and now the main southern line of the Union Pacific.[54]

John Ireland was mayor of Seguin in 1858. Elected the 18th Governor of Texas 1883–1887, he had an important part in the construction of the Texas State Capitol—insisting on using native stone, red granite from the Hill Country, instead of limestone imported from Indiana. He also presided over the opening of the University of Texas at Austin.

20th-Century History[edit]

From before the Civil War until at least World War II, cotton was the money crop of the local farms, and the county had at least a dozen gins, with three in the town of Seguin. But agriculture was more diversified than in many counties where cotton was king, with corn, peanuts, hogs, and cattle, as well as wheat, oats, sugar cane, and most notably pecans. The tiny but tasty native nuts were an early export. The crops improved as the bottomlands were converted to orchards, and eventually bigger varieties of nuts were grafted onto the local trees. This was one of the first counties to have a pecan growers' association, and in 1921 its leader, P.K. DeLaney, helped start the Texas Pecan Growers Association. The county remains one of the state's leading producers. Seguin has been called 'a big orchard with a small town in it' because almost every house is shaded by a pecan tree in the yard. A tribute to the nut's importance is "The World's Largest Pecan" erected on the Courthouse lawn.

Small mills were put on the Guadalupe River even before the Civil War. William Saffold established a mill at what is today Max Starcke Park. Later Henry Troell made major improvements there, and in 1894 used hydroelectric power to light the town. The City of Seguin took over the dam and electric plant in 1907. The supply of cheap and reliable electricity helped to make possible several gins, mills, silos, an ice plant and ice cream maker, a cold meat storage facility, and other types of agribusiness.

In 1912, citizens of Seguin lured a struggling church school to the city with cash, and 15 acres of land donated by Louis Fritz. It grew to a junior college into a four-year college to become today's Texas Lutheran University, with some 1,400 students and boasting high rankings on the U.S.News & World Report comparisons of universities.[55]

During the 1920s, the county began to enjoy a fore-taste of an oil boom. While the first fields were at the far edge of the county, near Luling, the paperwork of deeds and leases (as well as any resulting lawsuits) passed through the Guadalupe County Courthouse. Then in December 1929, the Darst Creek Field was opened, only 15 miles east of Seguin. (The creek had been named for colonist and landowner, Jacob C. Darst. He was one of the original "Old Eighteen," defenders of the Gonzales cannon and then a member of the Gonzales Ranging Company relief force to the Alamo during the siege in 1836.)

With the Darst Field, Seguin became a supply center, and residents were able to rent out rooms to oil field workers for cash even during the worst years of the Great Depression of the 1930s. As a result, Seguin was able to collect taxes when other towns just had to give up. It used the money to match federal grants for what some derided as "make-work" projects. Under the leadership of the popular Mayor, Max Starcke, Seguin was transformed, with a new Post Office, a new Art Deco City Hall, Courthouse, jailhouse and fountain in Central Park, new storm sewers and sidewalks, and a small park along Walnut Branch, with rustic stone walls that protected the historic springs and traced the route of the stagecoach as it headed west through town. The little city had three swimming pools, one for whites, one for blacks at the segregated high school, and one for Spanish speaking citizens at the Juan Seguin school.

Max Starcke's biggest achievement was a large park along the Guadalupe River, designed by Robert H.H. Hugman, famous now as "the Father of the River Walk" in San Antonio. The park featured a handsome Art Deco recreation building designed by Hugman [56] (now offices) with changing rooms for the swimming pool. The nine-hole course was designed by John Bredemus, a prolific designer of courses who has been called "the father of Texas golf". The park also offered picnic tables and bar-be-que pits between a scenic river drive and the river. Most of all, at a disused mill, Hugman and the young men of the National Youth Administration put a spectacular curving dam—today called "one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Texas". As the 1938 dedication marker tells, funds were raised in part by public subscription. Dozens of groups and individuals made contributions to build the park the town named for its popular Mayor, who was moving on to, and soon to head, the Lower Colorado River Authority in Austin.

After World War II, entrepreneurs fresh out of the university used electric furnaces to melt scrap into reinforcing bars with a company then called Structural Metals. The mini-mill (now CMC Steel) has been joined by manufacturers including Alamo Group, building roadside mowing equipment; Continental Automotive Systems (was Motorola), making electronic powertrain control modules and emissions sensors; Hexcel, producing reinforcements for composites using glass fiber, carbon fiber, aramids, and specialty yarns;[57] Minigrip, manufacturing re-closeable plastic bags for food and home storage; Tyson Foods, processing chicken. In 2009 Caterpillar opened a plant assembling diesel engines. Most recently Rave Gears, a make of precisions gears, opened a plant and headquarters.

Sister cities[edit]

Seguin has three sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc (SCI):[58]

See also[edit]


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