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Medina County TX
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RIO MEDINA, TEXAS
aka Riomedina

Medina County, Texas Hill Country

29° 26' 22.85" N, 98° 53' 3.08" W (29.43968, -98.88419)
FM 471
About 6 Miles N of Castroville
NE of Hondo
Population: 53 est. (2010, 2000)

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Riomedina Tx - Post Office 78066

Rio Medina Post Office, TX 78066
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
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History in a Pecan Shell

Named for being between two branches of the Medina River, the community appeared around 1900 with the opening of a saloon. A cotton gin and store opened by the saloon proprietor’s son gave locals a reason to go to “town.”

A post office was granted in 1908 and by 1914 the community was bursting at its seams with a population of fifteen (15). Competition for the saloon’s patrons arrived in 1910 with a second saloon.

The Medina Lake Dam project began around this time just seven miles north. The saloon begat a dance hall which was (much) later moved to Greune, Texas where it has become a Texas legend.

In the mid-1920s the town supported a school and teacherage and was the education hub of three separate districts.

The community peaked at the end of the 1920s with 200 residents. It survived the Great Depression and WWII, but by the end of the 1940s, it was reduced to just 100 residents. It was halved again by the early 1990s. It has remained more or less remained at around 50 people through the 2000 census.
Riomedina Tx Downtown
Rio Medina Downtown
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
Riomedina Tx Store
Rio Medina Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
Riomedina Tx - Saloon
Saloon
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Riomedina Tx  - Silos
Silos
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
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Riomedina Tx - Closed Steak House
Closed Smokehouse
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Riomedina Tx - Barn Flag
Barn Flag
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2011
Medina County TX 1920s map
Medina County TX 1920s map showing Riomedina
near Bexar County line

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Rio Medina, Texas Nearby Towns:
Castroville | Hondo | San Antonio
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