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Counties
Atascosa, Bexar, Medina
Region
South Texas Plains
Population
2010 Census - 2,611
2000 Census - 2,383
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Towns
Lytle, Texas
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Lytle Texas History:
It is thought the town’s namesake, rancher and trail driver John T. Lytle, possibly arrived in the area as early as 1846. What is known is that he was living and working in the area in the 1860s. In 1882, he was instrumental in getting the International-Great Northern Railroad’s to build a line through the area and establishing the Lytle train station. In 1883, the community that developed around the Lytle station consisted of a general store, a bar, a casket maker and a number of houses. The Lytle post office was established that same year. Lytle became a shipping and retail center for area ranchers and corn and cotton farmers. In 1892 the town had 100 residents. Coal mining became an important contributor to the local economy in the late 1890s. The town’s population has steadily increased since the late 1930s. Today many residents commute to San Antonio for work. The majority of the city is located in Atascosa County with portions of the city limits extend into neighboring Bexar and Medina Counties. Lytle is located at the intersections of IH-35, SH 132 (Main Street), FM 3175 (Benton City Road) and FM 2790 (North Prairie Street), 2 miles northwest of the Atascosa River, 31.5 miles northeast of Pearsall, 16 miles northeast of Bigfoot, 9.4 miles northeast of Devine, 5 miles northeast of Natalia, 31 miles northwest of Poteet, 36 miles northwest of Jourdanton, 41.5 miles northwest of Pleasanton, 9 miles west of Somerset, 34 miles west of Elmendorf, 25 miles southwest of San Antonio, 12.5 miles southeast of Castroville, 28 miles southeast of Mico, and 31 miles southeast of Hondo, Texas.
 
Lytle Historical Sites:
The 1875 Benton City Institute features over one-foot thick walls made from yellow rock. It is located on FM 3175 (Benton City Road), approximately three miles southeast of Lytle. When the 1904 Immaculate Conception Catholic Church building was replaced with the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church building, it was temporarily abandoned. The church has been renovated and is now used for services. It is located on SH 132 in the tiny community of Coal Mine, in southwestern Lytle. The 1891 Gidley House is the oldest home in town and is still used by the family for reunions. The Gidley family donated the house to the City of Lytle. When the Gidley family no longer wishes to use the building, the city will use the building to house a museum. The old Lytle Train Depot is located Naegelin Farm at 1781 Duck Pond Road.
 
Veterans Memorial Park:
This pocket park features the Veterans Memorial and a gazebo. 15421 Main Street. 
 
Lytle 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, Wed & Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm; Tue& Thu, 11am-7pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. (830) 709-4142. The library is located at 19325 FM 2790.
 
Quihi Gun Club & Dance Hall and Photos, Quihi, TX:
The Quihi Schuetzen (shooting) Verein (club) was organized on Quihi Creek on May 26, 1890 as protection from Indian attacks; it is now called the Quihi Gun Club and is one of the oldest social clubs in the country with over 600 members. The flooding of Elm and Quihi Creeks washed the buildings away three times before the current building was erected on 6-foot-high pillars. Dances on its wooden dance floor are held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. The club also has a shooting stand for members, and huge barbecue pits. Quihi is located on Quihi Creek at the intersection of FM 2676 and CR 4516 (Old Castroville Road), 5 miles northeast of Hondo, Texas. From U.S. 90 on the east side of Hondo, drive one mile north on FM 173. Drive approximately four miles east on FM 2676 to the Quihi Gun Club sign. (830) 426-2859.  Quihi Area Map 
 
Porky's Texas Spirits Saloon, Rio Medina, TX:
The front bar is housed in a 1945 gas station; the Mayflower Dance Hall was added in the 1990s. A later remodeling job increased the size of the front bar and added A/C and heat to the back bar and dance hall. On beautiful days, the swing-up windows are opened. Amenities include a juke box, pool tables and occasional live music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. They have karaoke and poker nights, and serve great hamburgers, fries and onion rings. They open daily at noon, and close at 2am on weekends, and at approximately midnight on weekdays. (830) 538-2300. 3940 FM 471 North, Rio Medina, Texas. They are 20 miles southeast of Lakehills, 10 miles southeast of Mico, and 7 miles north of Castroville, Texas. From Castroville take FM 471 north to Rio Medina.  Rio Medina Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Rio Medina Area Map  Reviews
 
Rio Medina General Store, Early 1900s, Rio Medina, TX:
2018 hours are Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm; Sat, 7:30am-7pm; Sun, 11am-5pm. The store was established as the San Geronimo Store in the early 1900s; it has been in continuous operation ever since it’s opening. In 1908 the name was changed to Rio Medina when the U.S. post office was established in the store. The store is still the social center of the Rio Medina community. The store sells fresh and dry Alsatian sausage and parisa (made locally), homemade sandwiches, cold old-time sodas, hardware, farm and ranch supplies, antiques and collectibles, and still serves as the post office. Generally open Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm, but call first. (830) 538-2441. The store is located at 3980 FM 471 North in Rio Medina, Texas. Rio Medina is located at the intersection of FM 2676 and FM 471, 22.8 miles northeast of Hondo, 7 miles north of Castroville, and 10 miles southeast of Mico, Texas. Rio Medina Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Rio Medina Area Map
 
Lytle Community Center, Annex and Senior Center:
Community center amenities include two meeting rooms, an auditorium, a kitchen and restrooms. The adjacent Community Center Annex houses the Lytle Nutrition Center and Senior Center. The Lytle Seniority Club meets for games and food at the Annex on the third Thursday of each month, 3pm-5:30pm. Both buildings may be reserved for private or public events. 14620 Priest Boulevard. Senior Club: (830) 709-3059.
 
Annual Easter Eggs-Travaganza, March or April:
Activities include an Easter egg hunt, a kid’s raffle and a visit by the Easter Bunny. This children’s event is hosted by the City of Lytle on the Saturday before Easter at John Lott Municipal Park baseball fields at 19010 Live Oak Street. (830) 709-3692.
 
Annual Medina County Fair, Sept:
Activities include vendors, a barbeque cook-off, free games, a carnival, live music, antique tractors, a rodeo, a Queens Court, home arts competitions. This event is held at Hondo City Park and Fairgrounds on FM 462 North. (830) 426-5406.  Email   
 
Annual Christmas Holiday Lighting& Santa’s Hayride, Nov:
Main Street and the Lytle City Hall are decorated with Christmas lights, reindeer and a sleigh; a nativity scene is located at city hall. Activities include a visit from Santa, the holiday lighting, free hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes, hayrides and . The National Honor Society collects canned goods for the needy. Activities begin at 6pm at the Lytle Community Center at 14620 Priest Boulevard.(830) 709-3692.
 
La Esquinita Mexican Restaurant & Meat Market, Atascosa:
Tacos, tortillas, camarones a la Mexicana, Agua de horchata, and salsa, and other menu items are very good. (210) 622-4100. 14624 Shepherd Road, Atascosa, Texas 78002. Atascosa is 4.5 miles northeast of Lytle, Texas via Railroad Street and Pearsall Road.  Reviews   
 
Pirates Cove Cafe, Tex-Mex:
(830) 772-4234. 15056 Main Street.  Reviews 
 
Railhead Cafe:
(830) 772-3434. 15115 Main Street.  Reviews    
 
Lytle Cafe:
(830) 772-6110. 15063 Main Street.  Reviews