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County
Wilson
Region
South Texas Plains
Population
2010 Census - 1,034
2000 Census - 932
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Towns
La Vernia, Texas
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La Vernia Texas History:
A community developed on the south bank of Cibolo Creek around 1850. In 1851, W.R. Wiseman named the town Live Oak for a nearby oak grove. The 1853 post office was established under the name “Post Oak.” The town was renamed La Vernia in 1859. The Brahan Masonic lodge was established in 1859. By 1885, the town had three churches, a gristmill, a cotton gin, and 110 residents, most of them Polish or German. The San Antonio and Gulf Railroad built a line through the area in 1893, attracting new residents to the town. The town incorporated in the early 1980s. La Vernia is located on the south bank of Cibolo Creek at the intersections of U.S. 87, Chihuahua Street and FM 775 (Bluebonnet Street), 43 miles northeast of Pleasanton, 18 miles northeast of Elmendorf, 20 miles south of Floresville, 26 miles northwest of Poth, 22 miles northwest of Kosciusko, 14 miles northwest of Stockdale, 7 miles northwest of Sutherland Springs, 55 miles southwest of Gonzales, 40 miles southwest of New Braunfels, 30 miles southwest of Seguin, and 46 miles east of San Antonio, Texas.  
 
Mueller Bridge at McAlister Crossing on CR 337:
The CR 337 Cibolo Creek Bridge is a 252 foot long, three span bridge. It was built over Cibolo Creek at McAlister Crossing in 1915. The bridge is closed to vehicle traffic. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was placed on Texas’ “Most endangered List” in 2006. The bridge is located southeast of La Vernia on CR 337, just west of FM 539. From La Vernia go southeast on CR 342. Go west (left) on CR 337 and drive to the bridge and creek.
 
McAlister Crossing (Mueller Bridge), Texas Historical Marker Text:
“John Murphy McAlister (1807-1885) and his wife, Isabella (McClain) (1817-1872), settled in La Vernia with their family in the early 1850s. In 1857, they purchased several hundred acres of land on the southwest bank of Cibolo Creek. The natural stream crossing adjacent to their property became known as McAlister Crossing and for years served residents on both sides. The McAlister children subdivided the land following their father's death in 1885. About the same time, county commissioners designated the local route, including the crossing, as Road No. 62 (present County Road 337). In 1906, the Henry Mueller family purchased land on the east side of the creek; a son would later buy land on the west side, just southwest of McAlister Crossing. In 1908, county commissioners permitted the placement of telephone poles along the road and the creek crossing. In 1915, the Commissioners Court contracted with the Alamo Construction Company of San Antonio to erect five bridges in the county, including one at McAlister Crossing. The most expensive of the new structures, the bridge at McAlister Crossing, completed in 1915, cost nearly $9,000. Because members of the Mueller family owned property on either end of the bridge, it was often called Mueller Bridge. The three-span, 252-foot Mueller Bridge at McAlister Crossing features polygonal camelback trusses with multiple panels. For more than 70 years it served local residents, surviving Cibolo Creek's occasional raging waters. Closed to vehicular traffic in 1988, it remains a historic link to engineering designs of the early 20th century.”
 
La Vernia Veterans Memorial:
The monument honors all veterans. It is located on U.S. 87 at Chihuahua Street West.
 
La Vernia Heritage Museum:
The museum is housed in the former red brick firehouse. The museum offers permanent and rotating exhibits depicting the history of La Vernia. Exhibits include the original the La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department’s 1890s pumper cart, firefighting equipment, railroad and local church histories, George & Isaac Suttles pottery collection, videos and photos. Admission is free; donations are greatly appreciated. Open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, noon-3pm, and by appointment. (830) 779-7095. The museum is located at the intersection of U.S. 87 and FM 775 (Bluebonnet Street) in the center of town.
 
Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative Meeting Room:
(830) 253-1600. The cooperative is located at 13849 U.S.87 West.
 
Annual La Vernia Music Fest, Mid-Apr:
Activities include live music, gourmet food, food demonstrations, and wine, beer and gourmet coffee. Bring your lawn chairs. This event is hosted by the La Vernia Foundation for the Arts andthe La Vernia Parks Foundation. It is held at La Vernia City Park. An admission fee applies. This event is held at La Vernia City Park on San Antonio Road, south of U.S. 87. Email  Park Map
 
Annual Lions Club Annual Bluebonnet Fest, May:
Activities include the Miss La Vernia pageant, a carnival, a parade, a volleyball tournament, a classic car display, little league games, arts and craft vendors, food and drink booths, a live auction, a raffle, and an evening dance to live music. (210) 710-3685. This event is held at La Vernia City Park at the corner of Warren Street andSan Antonio Road, south of U.S. 87. Park Map
 
Annual La Vernia BBQ Cook-Off, Aug:
BBQ categories at this IBCA sanctioned event include brisket, port spare ribs and chicken. Other activities include a kid’s cooking contest, the margarita madness contest, washer and horseshoe tournaments, a car show competition, cow patty bingo and an auction. This event is hosted by the La Vernia Parks Foundation. It is held at La Vernia City Park at the corner of Warren Street and San Antonio Road, south of U.S. 87. Email  
 
La Vernia Wild West Hammerfest Bicycle Ride, Sept:
34, 53, and 65 mile routes, a 10 mile family ride, and a free 0.50 mile kiddies ride. This event is sponsored by the La Vernia Historical Association. (830) 779-7095. This event is held at La Vernia City Park at the corner of Warren Street andSan Antonio Road, south of U.S. 87. Park Map  Routes Map
 
Annual Chihuahua Trail Art Show & Sale, Nov:
Local artists submit pieces of themed art work. Prizes are awarded; all art is available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the La Vernia Historical Commission. (830) 779-7095. P.O. Box 513, La Vernia, Texas 78121. Email 
 
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Snow in the Park, Dec:
Activities include the tree lighting and snow for the kids. This event is held at La Vernia City Park at the corner of Warren Street andSan Antonio Road, south of U.S. 87.(830) 534-8558. Email
 
La Vernia Farmers Market: 
This market is held on Saturdays, 8am-1pm in front of the La Vernia Country Store at 13625 U.S. 87 West.
 
Buffalo Joes Gourmet Sandwich Shop:
Their wonderful hamburgers and gourmet sandwiches receive great reviews. (830) 779-2398. 13330 U.S. 87 West. Reviews
 
Mesquite Bean Coffee & Sandwich Shop:
(210) 621-7981. 301 FM 1346. Reviews