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LYTLE, TEXAS

Atascosa County, South Texas
Interstate 35 and Highway 81
20 Miles SW of San Antonio

Population: 2,383

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Lytle Texas depot, painting by Jacinto Guevara
The Lytle train depot, which was moved to the Naeglin Ranch, south of town. Painting by San Antonio artist Jacinto Guevara, 2007
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The town was named for John T. Lytle, a rancher and traildriver who, in 1882, helped get his town a stop on the International-Great Northern Railroad. The railroad named the stop and the town submitted that name for a post office which opened in 1883.

Lytle soon prospered as a shipping point for cattle and cotton. The 1884 population was a mere 50 which doubled by 1892 and reached 150 by the mid 1890s.

By 1914 the population was 600 and Lytle had its own newspaper. A 1917 bankruptcy of the Medina Valley Irrigation Company prevented plans of irrigation from materializing.

With the exception of a decline during the Great Depression, the population of Lytle has slowly increased. The proximity to San Antonio
has encouraged more people to commute in recent years.


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