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Edwards County TX
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The wool and mohair center of Texas

Edwards County Seat, Texas Hill Country

300'58"N 10012'32"W (30.016161, -100.209023)

Hwy 55 and US 377
46 miles SW of Junction
76 miles NE of Del Rio
55 miles SE of Sonora
68 miles N of Uvalde
100 miles NW of San Antonio
Population: 1,135 Est. (2018)
1,182 (2010) 1,285 (2000) 1,339 (1990)

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Rocksprings, TX Devil's Sink Hole
Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
8 miles NE of Rocksprings

Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009

History in a Pecan Shell

The county is named after early colonist Hayden Edwards of Nacogdoches.The city is named after the Springs. After the courthouse burned, the spelling of the town changed from Rock Springs to Rocksprings.

1881 was the year the site was selected, the year they got a post office and the year they were made county seat. The population was 250 in 1892 and the town had everything they needed. By 1914 the population had doubled.

The tidy courthouse and jail sit on the square and speak of a small population. The courthouse was damaged by a tornado in 1927 that killed nearly 70 people. Both the courthouse and The Rocksprings Hotel served as shelters.

Rocksprings underwent a flurry of activity in the year 2000 with buildings on the square remodeled, freshly painted or under construction.

1927  cyclon, Rocksprings Texas old photo
Vintage postcard of 1927 Rocksprings Tornado destruction
Courtesy of Barrows family

1927 Tornado injured child ,  Rocksprings Texas
1927 Tornado injured child
Vintage photo courtesy of Barrows family

Wool and Mohair
Rocksprings is also a big center for wool and mohair which is attested to by the name of the weekly newspaper: The Rocksprings Record and Texas Mohair Weekly.

Robert L.Barrows with wagons of wool,  Rocksprings Texas
Robert L.Barrows with wagons of wool leaving Rocksprings for Sonora Texas.
Vintage photo courtesy of Barrows family

Rocksprings, Texas
Landmarks / Attractions

Edwards County Courthouse east view,  Rocksprings TX
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
Edwards County Courthouse

Edwards County Jail, Rocksprings TX old jail
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
Edwards County Jail in Rocksprings

Rock Spring Historical Marker,  Rocksprings TX
The Rock Spring Historical Marker
US Hwy 377
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
Texas History

Historical Marker
The Rock Spring
Known to early Texans as one inch flow of water out of rocks. Site of a camp for travelers and freighters. Occupants of land around the spring included W. J. Greer, with a sheep camp, 1882; Francis Winans, with a cattle and sheep ranch, 1884; A. O. Burr, farming, about 1885. Cattlemen, including Frank Gray, camped here during roundups. Outlaws in 1880s frequented a hut nearby. Rocksprings Post Office opened 1891 in townsite platted for a new county seat at center of Edwards County. The rock spring still seeps in city and county historic park and playground.

Rocksprings TX Cemetery Gate
Rocksprings Cemetery
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009

Historical Marker:
Rocksprings Cemetery
The town of Rocksprings traces its beginnings to 1889, when J. R. Sweeten dug the first water well in the area to serve new settlers. Three years later, in 1892, Sweeten donated two acres of land to be used as a community cemetery.

There were some burials at this site prior to its formal designation as a cemetery. Two children, Willie J. Blackwell and Ben Smith, were interred here in 1891. Many of the people buried in the Rocksprings Cemetery in the early years were travelers passing through the area. Among the more than one thousand graves are those of victims of a devastating tornado which struck the town of April 12, 1927.

Over the years, additional land acquisitions have increased the size of the cemetery. Iron fencing which once surrounded some grave sites was donated to scrap metal drives during World War II.

The Rocksprings Cemetery Association, which originated in 1897, was formally chartered by the state in 1967. Through such projects as surveys and landscaping, the association continues to maintain the historic graveyard, which remains as a visible link to the community's past.

Rocksprings TX Cemetery historical marker
Rocksprings Cemetery historical marker
on US Highway 377
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
More Texas Cemeteries | Texas History

Rocksprings TX First Methodist Church
First Methodist Church of Rocksprings
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009

Rocksprings TX First Methodist Church historical marker
First Methodist Church of Rocksprings historical marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
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Rocksprings  Texas Gilmer Hotel historical marker
Gilmer Hotel historical marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009

Rocksprings  Texas historic Gilmer Hotel
Gilmer Hotel
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
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Rocksprings TX Angora Stadium gate
Angora Stadium
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009

Rocksprings TX Masonic Entrance On Square
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
Texas Lodges

Rocksprings TX High School
Rocksprings High School
Vintage photo courtesy of Barrows family
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Rocksprings, Texas Forum

  • Subject: The one room School
    After so many years I went to visit my home town RockSprings Texas. We just drove around town. There is a lot of history but one thing I notice the one room school for the Mexican kids has not been acknowledged, and nothing has been done to it.

    My older sisters went to school there. I went there on my first year of school. My teacher was Mrs Glasscock. When integration started we were moved to the big school. I remember like it was yesterday. The white kids looked at us like we were from out of space. My little brother was crying. I went to comfort him. I told him in Spanish not to cry. The teacher call me to the front, got the ruler and gave me 4-5 swaps on the back of my leg.

    I am now 72 yrs old and I see in my mind that little room and us all little Mexicans like Mexican goats, scare and couldn't communicate in English, couldn't talk Spanish. Thank you. If you take time to read this it would be nice if y'all would do something with that little school. - Paula Perez, January 27, 2016

  • Rocksprings Nearby Destinations

  • Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
  • 58 miles S to Brackettville on FM 674
  • 69 miles S to Uvalde on Hwy 55 - Uvalde Hotels
  • US Hwy 377, 41 miles NE to Junction - Junction Hotels
  • 77 miles SW to Del Rio - Del Rio Hotels

  • Devils Sink Hole and  Bats,  Rocksprings TX
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Bats over Devil's Sink Hole near Rocksprings

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