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Kerr County Seat, Texas Hill Country

Hwy 16, 2 miles South of I-10
68 miles NW of San Antonio
102 miles SW of Austin
51 miles SE of Junction
24 miles from Fredericksburg
Population: 22,511 (2010) 20,425 (2000) 17,384 (1990)

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I-10 to Kerrville
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History in a Pecan Shell

Created in 1856 from Bexar County, Kerrville has been the county seat of Kerr County with the exception of the years 1860-62 when the seat was Comfort. Both town and city were named after James Kerr, who was one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence and an early settler. Kerrville's population has consistently been approximately half that of the County.
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Kerr County was formally created on January 26, 1856, and named for Republic of Texas soldier and pioneer James Kerr. Among the first settlers in the area was Joshua D. Brown, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. Brown was instrumental in naming the county for his friend James Kerr. The new county seat was named Kerrsville in May 1856 when Brown donated four acres of land for a public square. (The "S" was later dropped.)

Early Kerrville settlers included Anglo-American pioneers and German immigrants. The area became an important cattle raising and shipping point in the 1870s. In an election held on September 7, 1889, the citizens of Kerrville voted to incorporate the city, and a mayor and five aldermen were elected later that month. Joseph A. Tivy served as first mayor.

The town continued to grow. A city marshal was soon hired and a volunteer fire department was established in 1891. Also in the 1890s city water works and electric service were instituted. By the mid-20th century agriculture, medical services, and tourism had become the major economic concerns of the city.

Kerrville, Texas Attractions / Landmarks

Kerrville TX, 1 926 Kerr County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2008
Kerr County Courthouse
  • Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram.
  • Hill Country Museum - Located in the Captain Charles Schreiner Mansion at 226 Earl Garrett Street. A Confederate Soldier and Texas Ranger, he later became a successful business man and philanthropist, endowing Kerrville with a State Park and a College as well as his beautiful home which was turned into a museum in 1983. Phone: 210-896-8633.
  • Kerr Arts and Cultural Center - In the old post office building. Earl Garrett St. and Main St.
  • Museum of Western Art - Home of the Cowboy Artists of America - 1550 Bandera Hwy. (Hwy 173 South of Kerrville). Free admissions. 830-896-2553
  • Kerrville Events

    Perhaps most famous for The Kerrville Music Festival, every Spring, there is also the Folk Festival, Bike Tours, Runs, a Cowboy Camp Meeting, Various Cook-Offs, Senior Games, Fairs, Shows and Concerts. Call Kerrville Chamber of Commerce: 830-792-3535.
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    Kerrville Schreiner State  Park
    Kerrville-Schreiner State Park
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    Kerrville Natural Attractions
  • Guadalupe River - Having the Guadalupe River bisect your town is a great tourist draw. ... more
  • Kerrville-Schreiner State Park
    Just south of downtown Kerrville on Hwy 16 across the bridge youíll see the sign for 173. Go left on 173 and two and a half miles later youíll come to the park entrance on your left. This 517-acre park offers canoe and tube rentals in the Guadalupe River. During the week itís VERY tranquil and on weekends itís still an improvement over the crowds found on the river back in Kerrville. Reservations recommended for overnight stay.
    Annual bicycling event every Easter Weekend. 830-257-5392.
  • Louise Hays Park is right in the middle of town, and a footbridge crosses the river to the appropriately named Tranquility Island. ... more
  • Riverside Nature Center -
    150 Francisco Lemos St. 830-257-4837
  • Guadalupe River, Kerrville, Texas
    Guadalupe River
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    Kerrville, Texas river and park
    Louise Hays Park
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    Kerrville, Texas cliff with trees
    Kerrville cliff.
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    Arcadia Theatre, Kerrville, Texas
    Arcadia Theatre.
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    Kerrville architectural details.
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    A parting look at Kerrville.
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    Kerrville Old Photos & Postcards
    Library, Schreiner Institute, Kerrville, Texas

    "The Library, Schreiner Institute, Kerrville, Texas"
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    Mosty's Gas Station, Kerrville, TX
    Mosty's Gas Station
    1925 photo courtesy Wayne Graefen
    Kerrville TX Leekee Home

    Postcard courtesy Jo Ann Arnold

    Kerrville City Hall, Texas

    Kerrville City Hall
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    Post Office, Kerrville, Texas

    Post office in Kerrville in the 1950s
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    Kerrville, Texas - St. Charles Hotel

    St. Charles Hotel
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    St. Charles Hotel
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    Kerrville TX - Loeb Courts

    Loeb Courts
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    M-O Ranch near Kerrville, Texas

    "Presbyterian M-O Ranch near Kerrville, Texas.
    In the 'Heart O' the Hills'

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    Kerrville Chronicles
     TX -  Tivy Hotel in Kerrville
    May 2016 photo courtesy Michael Barr
    The View From Tivy Mountain by Michael Barr
    Charles Schreiner
  • Charles Armand Schreiner by Mike Cox
  • Will Rogers in Kerrville by Michael Barr
  • Survival in Kerr County by Mike Cox
    "Only a handful of families lived in the area, but all knew of the circumstances that led to Gossí disappearance and presumed death 18 days earlier."
  • Hog Drives of Frio Canyon: Late 1890ís - Early 1900ís by Linda-Kirkpatrick
    The drive to Kerrville... Like the cattle drives of old but just not as classy or as romantic or as written about were the hog drives of the Frio Canyon...

  • Kerrville Area Destinations

  • Kerr County Towns
  • Fredericksburg - Hwy 16 North 22 miles
  • Comfort - Hwy 27 East 19 miles to Comfort via Center Point.
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    Kerrville Texas Chamber of Commerce
    1700 Sidney Baker, Suite 200
    Website: http://www.kerrvilletx.com/.

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  • Kerr County TX 1920s Map
    1920s Kerr County Map
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Kerr County TX 1907 Postal Map
    Kerr County 1907 Postal Map
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