Hill Country
2010 Census - 1,695
2000 Census - 1,586
Sabinal, Texas
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.
Sabinal Public Library & Museum:
The library is open Mon-Fri, 1pm-5pm. (830) 988-2911. 412 North Center Street, Sabinal, Texas 78881.
Shudde Ranch:
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. 
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, 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. Current Contacts

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
Brown’s (Old Fashion) Soda Fountain and Gift Shop:
This store is located in a restored historical bank building. They offer lunch specials. Seating is available at the counter or outside. (830) 988-2312. 300 N. Center Street.