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County
Atascosa
Region
South Texas Plains
Population
2010 Census - 3,260
2000 Census - 3,305
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Towns
Poteet, Texas
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Poteet Texas History:
In 1886, the Poteet post office was established in Francis Marion Poteet’s blacksmith shop. By 1892 the town had a cotton gin, a gristmill and a wagon maker. In 1896, Henry T. Mumme purchased land that had been a part of the original Joaquin de la Garza land grant, and opened a general store. By 1892, the town had a cotton gin, a gristmill, and a wagon maker. Mumme’s discovery of artesian wells in 1904 made Poteet an attractive area for farmers. In 1910 the Artesian Belt Railroad built a line through the Poteet area on land donated by Mumme, and the Mummes donated land for a new community three miles southwest of the original post office and built a new store. In 1911, Mumme began to grow strawberries on irrigated land and strawberries rapidly became one of the town’s main crop and its claim to fame. The three day Strawberry Festival began in 1948 and became one of Texas’ most popular festivals. The town is still a center of commerce for area farmers whose major sources of income are peanuts, strawberries (grows 40% of the Texas strawberry crop), watermelons and onions; it is also a huge ranching area. The town is famous for its strawberries, as the birthplace of George Strait, and for Poteet Canyon (named after the town), one of the major characters in Milton Caniff’s “Steve Canyon” comic strip. The Strawberry Water Tower is a popular tourist photo op. The town has a 7 foot tall giant strawberry statue and a Poteet Canyon monument. A memorial to the Poteet family is located in front of the Poteet Fire Department. Poteet is located at the intersections of SH 16, FM 476 (School Drive) and FM 1470, 9.5 miles north of Jourdanton, 8 miles northwest of Pleasanton, 30.5 miles southeast of Lytle, 27.7 miles northwest of Campbellton, 28 miles southwest of Elmendorf, and 30.5 miles south of downtown San Antonio, Texas. 
 
Historic St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Las Gallinas, TX:
The former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church was organized in 1876 by eight families. A marker marks the spot. The cemetery is still in existence. Click on the above link for photos of the interior of the former church. Las Gallinas is located northeast of Poteet at the intersection of U.S. 281 and FM 536. Area Map  
 
Poteet 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-Fri, 8am-5pm. (830) 742-8917. 500 Avenue H.
 
Poteet Country Winery, 1998:
They produce and sell strawberry, mustang grape and blackberry wines, jams, jellies and juices. The winery and tasting room was once an old dairy barn. Owners Jim Collums and Bob Denson restored the water towers and old windmills, and built a replica of the old general store and furnished it with period pieces. They host an annual Fall Wine Fest. Free tours and free tastings are available Fri-Sun, noon -6pm, and by special appointment. Bring a picnic. (830) 276-8085. 400 Tank Hollow Road, Poteet, TX 78065. Email 
 
Annual Poteet Strawberry Festival, 1948, Apr:
This festival is the largest and one of the oldest agricultural festival in Texas. It is also one of the most well-known and popular festivals; it averages more than 100,000 visitors each day. The festival offers fourteen areas of continuous entertainment featuring nationally known Country Western and Tejano music stars, gunslingers, clowns, puppets, regional bands, various contests, parades, dances, strawberry judging and an auction, a pageant, shows, arts & crafts, food vendors, rodeo performances, a Taste of Texas Food Show, and a carnival. (830) 742-8144. (888) 742-8144. P.O. Box 227, Poteet, TX 78065. This event is held at 9199 SH 16 South. From San Antonio, go south on IH-35. Turn left at Exit 148B (SH 16-Poteet), and travel approximately 25 miles to Poteet; the festival main entrance will be on your right. The south entrance is located on Amphion Road. Email
 
Annual Atascosa County Fair, First Weekend in Oct:
Call (830) 769-3066 for livestock shows information. The Fair is located at the Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds, 9199 SH 16, Poteet, Texas. Directions: From San Antonio go south on IH-35. Turn left at Exit 148B (SH 16-Poteet), and travel approximately 25 miles to Poteet; the festival main entrance will be on your right. The south entrance is located on Amphion Road. Email