South Texas Plains
2010 Census - 3,894
2000 Census - 3,674
Dilley, Texas
Dilley Texas History:
In the mid-1960s the small settlement was known as Darlington, after a local landowner. In the early 1880s, the International-Great Northern Railroad built a line through the area and established at stop at Darlington which had a general store and several dwellings. The railroad built a train depot, siding and stock pens near the Frio River crossing. Paul and Alex Meerscheidt purchased land around the train depot and platted the town with the assistance of local rancher W.D. Harris. The Darlington post office was established in 1885. In 1890, Jim McAllister laid a telegraph line from San Antonio to Darlington. Around 1892, the post office was renamed Dilley after a railroad official. The train was important to the town’s cattle industry; prior to the arrival of the train, stray longhorns were drive to Kansas up the Chisholm Trail. The train also brought winter tourists from San Antonio who visited Dilley to enjoy the winter sun.Later, irrigation enabled the area to become a large producer of produce; the town is known for its great watermelon crop, and also produces a large peanut crop. A large watermelon statue in Dilley City Park celebrates the watermelon crops. A state prison is located in Dilley. Dilley is located at the intersection of Business IH-35 (Main Street) and FM 117, 45 miles northeast of Carrizo Springs, 29.6 miles northeast of Artesia Wells, 1717 miles northeast of Cotulla, 72 miles southwest of San Antonio, 44 miles southwest of Jourdanton, and 16.5 miles southwest of Pearsall, Texas.
Dilley State Bank:
A large number of Texas landscapes oil paintings hang from the lobby walls. (830) 965-1511. 731 West Leona Street.
Dilley Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm; closed for lunch, noon-1pm; closed Saturday and Sunday. (830) 965-1951. 231 W. FM 117.
Annual El Monstruo del Monte Big Game Contest:
This contest is sponsored by DF & G Wildlife Supply in Dilley, Texas. 350 South Main Street, Dilley, Texas 78017. (830) 965-1622. (830) 965-3460.