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Bexar County, South Texas

2933'10.381"N 9818'27.274"W
(29.552883698, -98.307576166)
Highways 78 & 218 and Loop 1604
15 Miles NE of downtown San Antonio the county seat
18 Miles SW of Seguin
Population: 20,532 Est. (2017)
18,530 (2010) 14,849 (2000) 13,057(1990)

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Universal City Texas mural
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
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History in a Pecan Shell

A developed community with no 19th century history. It was born at the north gate of Randolph Field. Randolph began operations in late 1931 and the following year a gas station opened. From this modest begining - the town was born. Not a town - a city. Not just a city - but Universal City. The name is said to denote "the universal importance" of the air base.

The population remained small for the first thirty years. In 1960 there was still less than 1,000 Universal Citizens. A lumber company owner started building houses in 1950. Things began taking off in 1963 when the base population was bolstered by the transfer of the Air Force Manpower Personnel Center from Washington, D. C. It's status as a "real" city was debatable. While most towns were started with a post office - Universal City didn't get one until 1971. The population was estimated at only 950 in 1964. But by the 1970s it had grown to over 7,500 prople. The majority of Universal City's population is retired military - or active military living off-base. Local schools fall under the juristiction of the Judson ISD of Converse, Texas.
Universal City Texas architecture: Randolph Laundry & Cleaners
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008

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Edens Cemetery, Universal City, Texas
Edens Cemetery
1/8 mile NE of intersection of FM 218 and Kitty Hawk, Universal City
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
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Edens Cemetery

Early Anglo settlers to Texas, the John Edens family arrived in Houston County in 1831. John's son Banister Edens, along with his wife Mary Walker Edens and their family, moved to Bexar County in 1855. By 1856 Banister Edens had acquired 350 acres of land near Selma on Cibolo Creek. Mary Edens died January 10, 1856, and was buried close to the family farmhouse that once stood near this site. Her grave marks the beginning of this small family cemetery.

Civil War veteran Napoleon Augustus Edens, son of Banister and Mary Edens, and his wife Mary Faith Grigsby Edens moved to the family farm in 1866. They joined his father and stepmother in ranching and farming, and later bought the family farm.

During the thirty-five years that Napoleon and Mary Faith Edens remained on the farm, five more burials took place in the family graveyard. The last known burial, in 1902, was that of W.K. Kella, son in law of Napoleon and Mary Faith Edens.

When the Edens farm was sold in 1901, the family retained ownership of the small cemetery. The site and the grounds are maintained by Edens family descendants.
Edens Cemetery, Universal City, Texas
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
Edens Cemetery, Universal City, Texas
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
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Woman Hollering Creek

Woman Hollering Creek as it flows southeast from source ponds
Woman Hollering Creek as it flows southeast from its source ponds toward FM 1518 and further down where it crosses under I-10. Woman Hollering Creek empties into Martinez Creek just northeast of St Hedwig.
- Ruben R. Hernandez, June 2007
Woman Hollering Creek

I have lived in Universal City, just outside the front gate to Randolph Air Force Base, for over 45 years. I take my grandchildren fishing on the small ponds / lakes just south of the base golf course. These ponds are the source of Woman Hollering Creek. A map found on page 137 of Rand McNally's San Antonio and Vicinity shows its source, although the small ponds are not shown. The ponds shown on the map are within the golf course; although the creek's source ponds are outside the golf course boundaries. The [above photo] shows Woman Hollering Creek as it flows southeast from its source ponds toward FM 1518 and further down where it crosses under I-10. Woman Hollering Creek empties into Martinez Creek just northeast of St Hedwig.

As I understand it, Webster's Handy College Dictionary defines "holler" as the verb/noun "yell". I would not confuse "hollering" with "weeping" as the legend of La Llorona implies. The legend of Woman Hollering Creek is totally different. The old folks in the Universal City area have told me that the woman "hollering" was actually a pioneer woman who went to the creek to either get water or to wash clothes and was attacked by indians, thus she "hollered" or yelled for help. A friend whose family owned a ranch for many years on Lower Seguin Rd, about 1/2 mile from the creek's source, vouched for the story several years ago. I passed the legend on to my grandchildren as we netted minnows at the source of the creek. - Sincerely, Ruben R. Hernandez, Universal City, June 28, 2007

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