Kerr Brothers Store in Sanderson
by John Troesser
describes itself as the oasis between Del
Rio and Alpine
with the most affordable housing, the lowest gasoline prices and
"cactus, cactus, cactus".
a Pecan Shell
According to the
Handbook of Texas, Sanderson started life under the name of
Strawbridge*, but was renamed
after the man who built the railroad's roundhouse, Thomas P. Sanderson,
a construction engineer. The name change seems appropriate. (Strawbridge
sounds like a name that might be prone to railroad mishaps.)
(Correction on the naming of Sanderson, see reader's
was named after Texas Legislator and Civil War General Alexander Terrell.
County Historical Museum
211 East Mansfield Street.
The building is one of the oldest in town (c.1910).
| Your trip to
Bend doesn't have to start in Sanderson, but it makes an excellent
starting point. You get to see the western sunset and enjoy walking
the safe, but occasionally deer-crowded streets of Sanderson.
Soak up the tranquility for the trip ahead and in the morning start
out refreshed for what promises to be a busy day with the sun to your
and windshield tour of Sanderson can be obtained at the Visitor's
Center on Hwy 90 and 3rd St.
Official website - Website: http://www.sandersontx.info/
Chamber of Commerce: 432-345-2676
County Economic and Tourism Development: 432-345-2275.
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will celebrate its Centennial July 1-4, 2005 in the county seat
of Sanderson. - Christine Hinkle, March 17, 2005
Enjoyed your website. One correction -
Text: Sanderson started life under the name
of Strawbridge, but was renamed after the man who built the railroad's
roundhouse, Thomas P. Sanderson, a construction engineer.
The name was originally Strobridge as described below:
Reflecting its importance to the railroad, the future town was first
called Strobridge after the president of the transcontinental railroad
construction company. Originally slated to be the midway site where
the rail building efforts from San Antonio and El Paso would join,
work fell behind in the canyon country and the golden spike joining
the two was driven far east of Sanderson. Strobridge was later named
Sanderson after railroad Engineer Joseph P. Sanderson. - David
Hitchcock, AICP, MRCP, The Woodlands, TX, August 27, 2004
to maintain its population and is in fact growing slowly. There
are so many wonderful and positive things happening in this town
- the US Border Patrol is increasing its presence and bringing in
families; the Terrell County ISD is bringing in change; and the
county government is encouraging rural development and Main Street
There are some really wonderful events and festivals that take place
during the year, with perhaps the July 4 celebration being the one
that is held most dearly in the town's heart. The first week of
April brings bikers galore for the Buzzard Rally, and the end of
the month sees racing and high-performance cars compete in the Big
Bend Road Race. Please check our official web site for a complete
list of events and activities, or for more information about our
county. - Lauren Lampe, Webmaster http://www.sandersontx.info,
July 12, 2004
noted for its great abundance of cactus, but not that it was nationally
famous as a prime peyote gathering area in the '60's and 70's. Keep
up the good work....and we're glad there's nothing on Louisiana.
- D.G. Brock, Los Angeles
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