Hill Country
2010 Census - 100
2000 Census - 100
Quihi, Texas
Quihi Texas History:
The town was developed in 1845 by Henri Castro as part of his plan to start communities along the perimeter of his land. In 1846 the first 10 Alsatian families settled the town. Shortly after arriving, Indians killed two of the families. The Indian problem was not solved until the 1870s. Other settlers began arriving and in 1852, the community established the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The Quihi Post Office was established in 1854 with Louis Boehle as postmaster. When the post office was discontinued in 1872, the mail was routed to New Fountain, 2 miles southwest of Quihi. Residents established the first school in Medina County in 1856. Today the community has approximately 100 residents. Quihi is located on Quihi Creek at the intersection of FM 2676 and CR 4516 (Old Castroville Road), 32 miles south of Bandera, 45 miles southeast of Medina, 24 miles southwest of Lakehills, 12 miles southwest of Rio Medina, 17 miles northeast of D’Hanis, 8 miles northeast of Hondo, 27 miles northwest of Devine, 22 miles northwest of Lytle, 8 miles northeast of Hondo, 10 miles northwest of Castroville, Texas.
Historic Town of Quihi, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Surveyed in October 1844, by Henry Castro, 1781-1861, distinguished pioneer and colonizer of Texas est. in March 1845. By ten families in charge of Louis Huth, agent for Castro. Many settlers were killed by Indians before 1860.” The marker is located at the dead end of CR 4520, across from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on FM 2676.
Henri Castro, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Henri Castro, a native of Bayonne, France, and the descendant of Portuguese nobility, served briefly in Napoleon's French Army. In 1813 he married Marie Amelia Mathias. He later immigrated to the United States and in 1827 became a naturalized U.S. Citizen. He returned to France in 1838 and joined the banking house of Lafitte and Company. While there he helped negotiate a loan for the Republic of Texas for which a grateful President Sam Houston later appointed him Texas' General Consul in Paris. Between 1843 and 1847 Castro administered, as Empresario, the settlement of at least 2,134 European colonists in this area. Castro eventually exhausted his own personal wealth to sustain his colonial effort. His extraordinary dedication to his colonists has led many to compare him favorably to the legendary Stephen F. Austin. Henri and Marie lived in Castroville with their four foster children. By 1860, however, the family was living in San Antonio. Henri and his son, Lorrenzo, traveled to Eagle Pass to run a family mercantile business. On his way to France in 1865, Castro was diverted to Monterrey, Mexico, where he became ill and died. He was buried in Monterrey in 1865. In 1876 the newly created Castro County, Texas, was named for Henri Castro.” The marker is in Castroville at September Square; bordered by U.S. 90, Alamo, Lafayette and Fiorella Streets, Castroville, Texas.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“The Rev. Christian Oefinger, serving as pastor of the Castroville Lutheran Church, led in founding this congregation in March 1852. The first church building was dedicated in 1854, coincidental with a synod convention held in Castroville. Bethlehem Lutheran Church hosted synod meetings in 1869, 1875, and 1894. The present brick structure, dedicated in 1914, was built largely by parishioners. St. John's Lutheran Church of New Fountain, founded in the late 1850s by the Rev. A. Kitterer and served by Bethlehem's pastor, merged with this congregation in 1949.” FM 2676, Quihi (8 miles northeast of Hondo). 
Historic Oefinger House, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“This well-preserved example of late Victorian architecture was built in 1909 by Christian Oefinger (1861-1950), son of early German immigrant Andreas Oefinger (b. 1819) and Ursula Nee Fuos, and his wife Marie (Schuele) (1872-1918). A third bedroom, added in 1915, served as a boarding house for a local schoolteacher. The house exhibits an asymmetrical plan with crafted wood details and metal roof cresting. The house remained in the Oefinger family for several generations.” The house is located 2.7 miles north of Quihi on FM 2676.
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
Dziuk's Meat Market & Deer Processing, 1975, Castroville:
They fresh meat, sell jerky, salami, dried sausage, cooked and uncooked fresh sausages, quail, chicken and shrimp wraps, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, stuffed pork chops, spices and rubs, and gift packages. They process deer meat. (830) 538-3082. 608 U.S. 90 West, Castroville.  Email  
La Coste Meat Market & Deer Processing, LaCoste, TX:
They sell jerky and dry sausage links in the store and online. They serve BBQ ribs and brisket and BBQ sandwiches. They process deer meat. They are closed during the spring after deer season. (830) 762-3231. 15810 South Front Street, LaCoste.  @LaCosteMeatMkt  Facebook 
Silver Creek Wild Game Processing, Hondo:
They sell mesquite smoked chunk jerky and a variety of other jerkies, pepper slab jerky, pre-seasoned chicken and beef fajitas, beef coulotte steak, ribeye, T-bone, New York Strip, Applewood smoked bacon, summer and dried sausages, and Cajun and grass-fed products. They also process wild game. (830) 426-0037. Call (830) 931-7702 for afterhours drop off. 309 U.S. 90 East, Hondo.
Octane Coffee and Tea Haus, Castroville: 
Great coffee house. (830) 931-9085. 3179 FM 471.  Reviews
Julianna's, Castroville:
(830) 538-6302. 1581 CR 4516.  Reviews
Fremdes Wood Fired Pizza, Castroville: 
(830) 538-2222. 307 Lafayette Street.  Reviews
Cora's 471 Grill, 1932, Castroville: 
Cora’s serves great Mexican food and hosts live music on Thursday nights, and sometimes on Saturday and Sunday. Amenities include indoor dining and a remodeled patio with a stage. (830) 931-9799. 2204 FM 471 North.  Reviews 
Hillside Bar & Grill in Hotel Alsace, Castroville:
(830) 538-3200. 1651 West U.S. 90, 78009.  Reviews
Castroville Café, Castroville:
This deli-café is open Mon-Fri & Sun, 11am-2pm; closed Saturdays. (830) 538-3400. 309 Lafayette Street. Reviews 
Haby’s Alsatian Bakery, Castroville:
This bakery is famous for its homemade breads, pastries, cakes, pies and cookies. The exterior wall mural was painted in 2000 by Alsatian artist Patrice Hoff of Mulhouse, France. Open Mon-Sat, 5:30am-7pm; closed Sundays. (830) 931-2118. 202 U.S. 90 East.  Reviews 
Cecelia’s Maison du Café, Castroville:
(830) 538-2400. 309 Lafayette Street.  Reviews
Bush's Chicken, Castroville:
(830) 931-2800. 935 U.S. 90 East.  Reviews
Hondo Café, Hondo:
This favorite diner receives great reviews. (830) 426-2181. 1509 19th Street, Hondo.  Reviews
Heavy’s Barbeque, Hondo:
Heavy’s Barbeque reviews reflect the great barbeque. They have been featured in Texas Monthly. (830) 426-4445. 1301 19th Street, Hondo.  Reviews
Mac & Ernie’s Roadside Eatery, Tarpley, TX:
This popular place serves very good food including Cabrito burgers and chicken fried lamb chops. (830) 562-3727. ‎ 11804 FM 470, Tarpley, TX 78883. Tarpley is 26 miles northwest of Hondo, 33 miles north of D’Hanis, 19 miles east of Utopia, and 14 miles southwest of Bandera, Texas.  Tarpley Area Map  Reviews 
Hermann Sons Steak House, Hondo:
They serve good burgers and steaks. (830) 426-2220. 577 U.S. 90 East, Hondo.  Reviews
Hondough Pizza Company, Hondo: 
Great pizza. (830) 426-40855. 1115 19th Street, Hondo.  Reviews
Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Hondo: 
(830) 426-4216. 1219 19th Street, Hondo.  Reviews
Billy Bob’s Hamburgers, Hondo:
Good hamburgers. (830) 426-5343. 1905 19th Street, Hondo.  Reviews
Taqueria El Rodeo De Jalisco, Hondo: 
This chain restaurant serves a mix of interior Mexican food and Tex Mex. (803) 426-5850. 409 19th Street, Hondo.  Reviews
Olivia’s Restaurant, Hondo:
(830) 426-2107. 110 18th Street, Hondo.  Reviews