The History of Cotton in Texas

The history of Texas is woven on a foundation made of cotton.

Beginning with the subtle yarns of native Texans, through the colorful threads woven by European settlers, to the iridescent shades added by modern Texans, the history of Texas is a tapestry woven by countless hands. When future generations look for the thread woven by their family, they will find it tied to a foundation made of cotton.

During the 19th century, modest farmer as well as the giants of Texas cattle culture registered their cattle brands and marks at county courthouses. Texas county archives possess a wealth of cattle brand registrations dating to the countys' founding. These brands are a Texas legacy akin to European heraldry. They tell us about where individuals grazed their cattle, how herds changed hands and how individual brands evolved over time. Many of the legends of Texas trail drives first registered brands in and around Bexar and Wilson County. Here you can see our ever growing collection of over 2,000 cattle brands.

Texas Historical Markers

We have been proud to partner with various communities and historical organizations to secure Texas Historical Markers that record some of the amazing people and places that make Old Bexar County what it is. Here are a few:

Law & Order

Tales of the brave souls who made being an outlaw the most dangerous profession around Bexar County.

Augustin Mountague “Gus” Gildea

Gus Gildea's exploits as a Ranger were only outshone by his ability as a master storyteller.

Constable Arthur Casanovas

Read about unusual life of Constable Arthur Casanovas of St. Hedwig, Texas who witnessed the killing of King Fisher and Ben Thompson.

Joseph N. Dornstin

Arriving in Texas in 1841, Joseph Dornstin was a pioneer who blazed the trail that would be followed by Silesian settlers in the decades that followed.