Sabinal Texas History:
In approximately 1854, Thomas B. Hammer, the area’s first settler, opened a stage stop on the east side of the Sabinal River and applied for and received a post office which he named Hammer’s Station. In order to protect settlers from outlaws and hostile Indians, the U.S. Cavalry established an outpost across the river from the stage stop in 1856. Their presence did not protect Hammer from being killed by bandits the next year. During the 1880s, area ranchers raised hogs and drove them to markets in Kerrville and Sabinal much like drovers herded cattle. Apparently, many of the hogs got loose which may have contributed to our huge population of wild pigs today. In 1881, the Southern Pacific Railroad established a stop in Sabinal and brought Angora goats from Turkey. That same year successful merchant Louis M. Peters moved his store to the east side of the river near the railroad tracks. Other settlers soon followed and the community that grew up around the store became the center of town. By the 1884, Sabinal had a public school, two churches, a hotel, and approximately 150 residents. Farmers shipped wool, livestock, and hides by rail. In 1893, farmers were growing corn, cotton, oats and sugarcane. Farmers purchased Aer-Motor water windmills from the local lumberyard to pump irrigation water for their crops. Sabinal had approximately 500 residents when it incorporated in 1906. It also had a fire station and a hot water department, and telephone service. Six cotton gins and wool and mohair production were large contributors to the town’s economic base. The town currently has several antique shops. Sabinal is located on the Sabinal River on U.S. 90 and RR 127, 92 miles east of Del Rio, 22 miles east of Uvalde, 21 miles south of Utopia, 11 miles west of Knippa and D’Hanis, 20 miles west of Hondo, 38 miles southeast of Leakey, and 62 miles west of San Antonio, Texas.
Historic Waiting Station:
People waiting for trains sat in this tiny waiting station. It is in downtown Sabinal.
Sabinal Public Library & Museum:
The library is open Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm. (830) 988-2911. 412 North Center Street, Sabinal, Texas 78881.
They raise and sell halves or quarters of pesticide, antibiotic and hormone free grass-fed beef. They offer fully furnished guest homes for rent. Tour the ranch and shop at the cattle store. The ranch is owned by Gerry and Janelle Shudde. (830) 988-2155. SH 187 South #10894, Sabinal, TX 78881. Email
Sabinal Grain Company:
The store sells hunting and birding supplies and more and is the headquarters for the Texas Buck-N-Boar Contest. (830) 988-2215. 108 E. Kennedy Street, Sabinal.
Feb 10, 2018
Annual Mardi Gras Cajun Gumbo Cook-Off Feb or March:
Activities include the Gumbo cook-off, live music, and fun activities. This event is sponsored by Rustic Charm, a boutique selling unique and unusual items. (210) 827-4013. (830) 261-0974. Email
March 30-April 1, 2018
Annual Wild Hog Festival and Craft Fair in Sabinal Texas, March:
Activities include the World Championship Wild Hog Chasing Contest which involves two individuals entering a pen with a wild hog, chasing, catching, and bagging the hog in a burlap sack, and pulling the hog across the finish line faster than all the other hog baggers. Additional activities include vendors, games and rides, the Cypress Day Chili Cook-off and margarita contest, a volleyball tournament, a chuckwagon demonstration, ballet folklorico, a Zumba demonstration, Cloggers, a pork cook-off, live music and a dance. This event is sponsored by the Sabinal Lions Club. It is held at the Sabinal City Park and the adjacent Yellowjacket Football Stadium on South Center Street (FM 187), between East Fisher Avenue (U.S. 90) and East Polk Avenue. (210) 827-4013.
Sabinal High School Meat Lab:
The high school has a meat processing facility where students take a two year program and receive a food handling certificate and skills that make them hirable at meat markets. . (830) 988-2475. 409 West Cullins Street, Sabinal.
Grandpa Rudy’s Pit BBQ:
(830) 988-2280. 307 Fisher Avenue, Sabinal. Reviews
Great Mexican food and reviews. (830) 988-2525. 420 East Fisher Avenue, Sabinal. Reviews