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Where Spanish Mexico, The Old South & The Wild West Meet

From a fusion of Native Americans, Spanish colonists, Mexican rancheros, planters, African slaves and European immigrants would arise ranching empires, the American West and a Republic uniquely Texan. They created villages and cities; today some exist as giant metropolitan areas, others are ghost towns – each has its story.

During the 19th century, modest farmer as well as the giants of Texas cattle culture registered their cattle brands and marks at county courthouses.Wilson County's Archives possess a wealth of cattle brand registrations dating to the county's 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 Wilson County. Here you can see the brands registered in Wilson County's first Brand Book.

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.