Our History

Uvalde County

Uvalde County, named for Spaniard Juan de Ugalde, is in Southwest Texas midway between San Antonio and the International Amistad Reservoir on the United States-Mexico border. On January 9, 1790, Juan de Ugalde, governor of Coahuila and commandant of the Provincias Internas, led 600 men to a decisive victory over the Apaches near the site of modern Utopia. Today, Uvalde County covers 1,588 square miles.

people tubing on the river
young boy on the pier with a cliff in the background
aerial view of people floating down a river
aerial view of people floating down a river

The Rivers

The Nueces, Leona, Sabinal, Dry Frio and Frio rivers flow through Uvalde County. The three river canyons (Concan/Frio River Canyon, Nueces River Canyon and Sabinal River Canyon) were home to many Native American tribes, Spanish missions and the lost Franciscan Silver mine. Old wagon tracks are visible in the rock of the Frio River bed, and fossils and footprints of prehistoric animals can be seen in the limestone near the Sabinal River. Today, a cave near the Frio River is home to over 10 million bats, the second largest bat population in the world that is open to the public. The Uvalde County Courthouse was built in 1928.

Fun Facts About Uvalde County