Sitting on the Bexar, Guadalupe and Comal County Lines, Schertz, Texas is only 12 miles from San Antonio and 19 from Seguin, with over 18,694 residents. One of San Antonio’s larger suburban cities, Schertz has close ties with Randolph Air Force Base since the 1920s and Union Pacific Railroad. Within only a few miles from San Marcos, Sea World and Fiesta Texas, in 2009 Schertz was named the 39th best small towns to live in the US by CNN/Money Magazine.
Ghost Sign in Schertz, Flickr.com
History and population
The town was named after a general store proprietor at one of the stops along the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway. The Post Office began in 1884 and was called simply, Cutoff. It wasn’t until 1899 when the population rose to an estimated 200 that the name of Schertz, after Sebastian Schertz, was given to the community.
Within a decade, Schertz had grown with its own bank, hotel church and cotton gin. The population continued to grow through the next few decades to around 350 residents by the 1959s.
Unlike so many small towns that died when detoured by the construction of Interstate-35, Schertz‘s location profited and by 1964 there were 2,281 people calling Schertz home. By the late 1980s there were 7,576 residents and in the 1990 census the city claimed 10,555.
Gas Station in Schertz, Flickr.com
Schertz has continued to be a thriving city since the first settlers in 1843 and partly due firstly to the railway’s arrival through town and then I-35 in later years. The Air Force Base has also been a great contributor to the prosperity of this community after its agricultural importance lessened.
Today, Schertz is home base for exploring or working in the Austin-San Antonio rich corridor. Visitors and residents have immediate access to numerous entertainment, outdoors, and cultural enrichment activities. With 19 parks in Schertz that include playgrounds, picnic areas, open space, athletic fields and courts, there are those outdoor options the Central Texas region is famous for. These include the many beautiful rivers, lakes, caves, and State parks.
Less than an hour away
Schertz is around an hour’s drive from a number of things to do including:
- Canyon Lake (30 miles)
- Natural Bridge Caverns (15 minutes)
- Crescent Bend Nature Park (City of Schertz and Bexar County joint park)
- Guadalupe River State Park (41 miles)
- Government Canyon State Natural Area (42 miles)
- Kerrville-Schreiner State Park (70 miles)
- Blanco State Park (50 miles)
- Hill Country State Natural Area (60 miles)
- Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (78 miles)
For additional information, go to the Schertz official web site at http://www.schertzweb.com/. Annual activities and festivals can be found here, along with some worthwhile links. Also the Schertz Chamber of Commerce at http://www.schertzchamber.org/
Interesting Cemetery in Schertz, Stephen Michaels