Atascosa, Bexar, Medina
South Texas Plains
2010 Census - 2,611
2000 Census - 2,383
Lytle, Texas
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.
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.
Dance Hall, 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  Photos
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. They host music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, except during private parties. 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. From Castroville take FM 471 north to Rio Medina. Rio Medina Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Rio Medina Area Map 
Naegelin Farm:
The old Lytle Train Depot is located on the farm. The farm offers seasonal made-to-order vegetable baskets which may be picked up at a predetermined time and location. They also make bulk deliveries to local restaurants and food vendors, and sell produce at several area farmers markets. 1781 Duck Pond Road, Lytle, Texas 78052. Email   List of Farmer's Markets  Great Photos
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 Old Iron Trail Ride, 3rd Saturday in May, Castroville:
Participants drive antique farm tractors, and old farm cars and trucks; no horses. If you do not have an appropriate vehicle, ride on the hayride wagon. Tractors must be able to travel 8 to 10 miles per hour. This parade begins and ends at Wommack Chevrolet (1955 U.S. 90). Proceeds benefit the Make a Wish foundation. Start time is 9am. The lunch stop is at Sammy’s Restaurant at 202 U.S. 90 East. Email
Annual Fiddlin' Frenchie Burke Music Festival, Mid-May:
This event begins at 12pm noon at John Lott Park at 19010 Live Oak Street. Admission is free. 
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, 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.