Big Bend
2010 Census - 837
2000 Census - 861
Sanderson, Texas
Sanderson Texas History:
Sanderson was originally named Strawbridge. It was renamed Sanderson for Thomas P. Sanderson who was in charge of building the 1882 Southern Pacific Railroad roundhouse. The Sanderson post office opened in 1883. During its early days Sanderson was an unruly frontier town. According to the 2008 Texas State Travel Guide, before the famous Judge Roy Bean moved to Langtry, he attempted to start a saloon in Sanderson. The owner of the established saloon poisoned Bean’s whiskey barrels with kerosene. Thereafter, Sanderson was known as “The Town too Mean for Bean.” In 1905, Sanderson was elected the county seat of the newly established Terrell County. In 1965 a 1965 flood, a wall of water roared down Sanderson Canyon into Sanderson, destroying numerous homes and businesses, and killing 24 people. Eleven flood-control dams were constructed to protect Sanderson against another such catastrophe. Today, Sanderson is a commercial center for area ranchers who raise cattle, horses, ponies, burros, sheep and angora goats. Sanderson is one of four towns located on the 265 mile trip between Del Rio and Big Bend National Park. It is billed as “The Cactus Capital of Texas.” Sanderson is located at the intersection of U.S. 90 (Oak Street) and U.S. 285, 54 miles east of Marathon, 108 miles southeast of Fort Davis, 65.5 miles southeast of Fort Stockton, 61 miles northwest of Langtry, and 20.6 miles northwest of Dryden, Texas.
Terrell County Courthouse, 1906:
The courthouse was designed in Mediterranean style. The 1934 remodeling drastically changed the style and removed the original eagle which is now located on top of a stone pillar on the courthouse lawn. Veterans memorials are also located on the courthouse lawn. The 2010 Terrell County census was 984. (432) 345-2421. 105 East Hackberry Street. (432) 345-2421. 105 East Hackberry Street, Sanderson, Texas 79848. Email     
Southern Pacific Train Depot, 1882:
The original bunkhouse for the train crews was used until 1995; it is located on Downie Street, a block from the depot. The Sanderson Depot Association was organized to restore the depot for use as a senior citizens center, and as a museum for historic railroad and ranching artifacts, and local history information. Friends of the Depot: PO Box 237, Sanderson, Texas 79848.   
Terrell County Memorial Museum:  
The museum is located in the 1907 Lemons home. It features exhibits depicting the history of Sanderson and Terrell County including vintage photos, and genealogy information. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm, and by appointment. Museum: (432) 345-2936. Terrell County Visitors Center: (432) 335-2324. Terrell County Heritage Commission: (432) 345-2509. The museum is located at the corner of 2nd and Mansfield Streets, northeast of the Terrell County Courthouse. PO Box 417, Sanderson, Texas 79848
Sanderson Arts and Education Alliance:
They host cultural activities for area residents. Activities include visiting pianists.
Terrell County Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. (432) 345-2422. Hours and Information: (432) 345-2294. The library is located on the courthouse square at 105 East Hackberry Street. 
Terrell County Visitor Center & Convention Center:
The visitor center offers information on Sanderson, a Sanderson walking tour brochure, Terrell County, and the Big Bend Region. The Convention Center and the Terrell County Community building are available for events. (432) 345-2324. The Convention Center is located at the corner of U.S. 90 (Oak Street) and 2rd Street, Sanderson, Texas 79848.
Napalito Market Days, 2 Days:
Four of these two day markets are held throughout the year. Vendors set up along Oak Street (U.S. 90) in Sanderson. Items for sale include foods, arts and crafts, and other merchandise. Markets are held the end of July, Labor Day weekend, the combined Christmas on Main and Hunter’s Feast weekend, and Valentine’s Day weekend. (432) 345-2509. Email
Annual Terrell County Fair, January:
(432) 345-2291. Email
Annual Big Bend Open Road Race, Last Weekend in April:
This 118 mile race takes place on U.S. 285 South, from Fort Stockton to Sanderson and back. (432) 336-3331, Ext. 238. PO Box 416, Fort Stockton, TX 78735. Email
American Legion Breakfast:
The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary serve breakfast early on Saturday mornings. Menu items include biscuits and gravy, eggs any style, hash browns, pancakes and French toast, and bacon and sausage. The American Legion is located on Legion Street. Reviews