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HELOTES, TEXAS

Bexar County, South Texas
State Highway 16
16 miles NW of Downtown San Antonio

Population: 4285 (2000) 1,535 (1990)

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Helotes Texas cross road
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
History in a Corn Husk

Helotes is Spanish for a "green roasting ear of corn."

The first settlers were Mexicans who intermarried with the Apache Indians in the mid 1850s. According to legend the first settler planted a cornfield here which may have resulted in the name. Another version of the name is that San Antonio could always rely on Helotes for corn - even during periods of drought.

A post office opened at Helotes in 1873. In 1885 the town had a population of 50 which increased to 700 by 1914. By 1945 it had fallen to only 100. In 1982 the population was still under 500.

Helotes Scenes:
Photos courtesy Stephen Michaels
John T. Floore Country Store Helotes Texas
John T. Floore Country Store historical marker, Helotes Texas
Helotes Texas stone ruins
Helotes Texas rusted sign
Rusted truck sign Helotes Texas
Helotes Texas historical marker
Photos courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
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