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EDWARDS COUNTY, Texas
County Seat: Rocksprings
County Borders: NE: Kimble
; NE: Kerr
; E: Real
; SE: Uvalde
S: Kinney; W: Val Verde; NW: Sutton
Population (2011): 1966
Businesses (2010): 36
COL Index (2008): 76.7
Zip Codes: 78880, 78828
Area Codes: 830
Time Zone: CST
Center Line Coordinates: 29° 45' N, 100° 16' W
Major Highways: US 377, TX 55, 41
Area: 2,118 sm
Elevation: 1500 to 2410 ft
CITIES AND TOWNS:
Towns and Villages:
Unincorporated: Barksdale; Carta Valley
Not all of Edwards County is within the Texas Hill Country. Only the Eastern-most half of the county area is in the Hill Country. The approximate division is the N-S route of Hwy 55 - Rocksprings - TX 377. For our definition of the boundaries of the Texas Hill Country, see: Definition & Maps.
County Judge Nick Gallegos: 830-683-6122
PO Box 378, Rocksprings, TX 78880
COUNTY COURTHOUSE PHOTOS
COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS:
MIDDLE RIO GRANDE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (OF GOVERNMENTS):
Executive Director: Leodoro Martinez, Jr.
Ofc: 830-876-3533; Fax: 830-876-9415
PO Box 1199, Carrizo Springs, TX 78834-1199
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES:
ROCKSPRINGS-EDWARDS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
PO Box 267, 411 Well St, Rocksprings, TX 78880
Web: www.rockspringstexas.net; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP: 830-683-1682; Rocksprings, TX, 78880
WEATHER: Weather Underground (Rocksprings)
On-Line Latest News: Topix
Newspaper: ROCKSPRINGS RECORD & TEXAS MOHAIR WEEKLY: 830-683-3130; 411 Well St., Rocksprings, TX 78880. www.rockspringsrecord.com
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: The economy is centered on the wool and mohair industry. Edwards County is one of the top producers of wool and mohair in the world. Tourism, hunting, fishing.
HANDBOOK OF TEXAS ONLINE: TSHA
Excerpt from www.rockspringstexas.com: "History: The area now known as Edwards County was explored as early as 1675 by the Spanish. This Hill Country county was created in 1858 from the Bexar District of frontier Texas and named for the Nacodoches empresario, Hayden Edwards. Prolonged Commanche and Apache Indian raids along the Nueces Strip prohibited settlement and formal organizations until 1883. The County's first settlers were a hearty lot of European sheep and goat drovers who found its terrain similar to the highlands of their homeland. Rocksprings became the "Angora goat Capital of the world" when the office of the American Angora Goat Breeders Association was moved there in 1926. Sheep and goat ranching remains the mainstay of the economy. Edwards County ranks #1 in the state in Angora goat and mohair production. The mohair produced here is the finest in the world and highly acclaimed in European markets.
Location: Edwards County is 2,120 square miles of rolling hills, canyons, caves and spring-fed streams. It sits atop the Edwards Plateau with elevations from 1,500 to 2,500 feet above sea level on the headwaters of the Nueces and Llano Rivers. The townsite of Rocksprings was laid out in 1890 and became the county seat in 1891. Rocksprings is located 70 miles northeast of Del Rio and 78 miles west of Kerrville.
Climate: Average annual rainfall is 21.19 inches with a 250 day growing season. The climate is comfortable year round, with January's average low temperature 38 degrees and July's average high 94. Edwards County is located on a mesa at an altitude exceeding 2,500 feet which lends itself to dry, clean air and a constant breeze. The area is noted for its comfortable climate.
Recreation: Abundant deer, turkey, wild boar and exotics in Edwards County provide excellent hunting for sportsmen. Fishing in the many spring fed streams is also very popular with outdoor enthusiasts. some of the nation's most spectacular caves make the area a favorite of spelunkers. Spectacular beauty abounds along the canyon and atop the plateaus of Edwards County. The hills and canyons, highlighted by an abundance of oak and pinon pine trees, provide a natural, breathtaking view."
COUNTY TXGENWEB PROJECT (genealogical/historical information, including cemeteries, markers, maps, census data, surname queries): TXGenWeb
EDWARDS COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION: See full details in Directory below.
More history at Portal city profiles in list shown above, including Rocksprings.
US Census Quick Facts; TXCIP
Wikipedia; ePodunk; City Data; Texas Escapes (not available); Travel Texas (not available)
We welcome submission of updates, additions, corrections & digital photos, without compensation.
BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
LOCAL LISTINGS: because the City of Rocksprings is the dominant city in Edwards County, please see the Directory Listings at City of Rocksprings
EDWARDS COUNTY, AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT: 830-683-4310; 404 Austin St, Rocksprings, TX 78880
EDWARDS COUNTY, (ROCKSPRINGS) AIRPORT (ECU): 830-683-6122. Publicly owned. Open to the public. Located 4 mi SE of downtown Rocksprings, 78880. No tower. Runway: 4,050 x 50 ft.; AirNav; Map
EDWARDS COUNTY, APPRAISER: 830-683-4189; 206 W Main St, PO Box 858, Rocksprings, TX 78880
EDWARDS COUNTY, ATTORNEY: 830-683-6128; 830-683-6126; 209 W Main, Rocksprings, TX 78880
EDWARDS COUNTY, CLERK: 830-683-2235; PO Box 184, 400 Main St, Rocksprings, TX 78880
EDWARDS COUNTY, EMS: 830-683-2315; 830-683-3305; 404 W Austin St, Rocksprings, TX 78880
EDWARDS COUNTY, JTPA PROGRAM: 830-683-5248; Rocksprings, TX 78880
EDWARDS COUNTY, JUDGE: Nick Gallegos: 830-683-6122; PO Box 378, 401 Main St, Rocksprings, TX 78880. Web: None
EDWARDS COUNTY, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE: 830-683-5187; 404 W Austin, Rocksprings, TX 78880
EDWARDS COUNTY, NUTRITION CENTER: 830-683-5468; 212 W Main St, Rocksprings, TX, 78880
EDWARDS COUNTY, ROAD DEPARTMENT: 830-683-6182; Rocksprings, TX 78880
EDWARDS COUNTY, SHERIFF: 830-683-4104; 830-683-5110; Sheriff Don G. Letsinger; POB 156, 404 W Austin St, Rocksprings, TX 78880. Email: email@example.com
EDWARDS COUNTY, TAX COLLECTOR: 830-683-2337; 204 N Sweeten St, Rocksprings, TX 78880
EDWARDS COUNTY, TREASURER: 830-683-5116; 400 Main St, Rocksprings, TX 78880
COUNTY-WIDE PUBLIC SERVICES
Note: See chamber, tourism & economic development listings in profile section above.
AMERICAN RED CROSS, San Antonio Area Chapter, Del Rio Branch:
830-775-8626; 127 Foster Dr, Del Rio, TX 78840
BranchOfficeDelRio@saredcross.org; www.saredcross.org. A humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Serves Edwards county.
EDWARDS COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION:
NCCISD TAX OFFICE: 830-234-3480; Barksdale, TX 78828
ROCKSPRINGS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT: 830-683-4136; 201 N. Hwy 377, Rocksprings, TX 78880. www.rockspringsisd.net. "Mighty Angoras"
ROCKSPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 830-683-2140; 201 N Hwy 377, Rocksprings, TX 78880
ROCKSPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL: 830-683-4136; 201 N Hwy 377, Rocksprings, TX 78880
CLAUD H. GILMER MEMORIAL LIBRARY: 830-683-8130; 201 N Hwy 377, Rocksprings, TX 78880
DEVIL'S SINKHOLE SOCIETY: 830-683-2287; Rocksprings, TX, 78880
MIDDLE RIO GRANDE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: 830-683-5248; 106 W Austin St, Rocksprings, TX 78880
ROCKSPRINGS-EDWARDS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 830-683-6466; PO Box 267, 411 Well St, Rocksprings, TX 78880. www.rockspringstexas.net; info@roc
STATE OFFICES LOCATED IN THIS COUNTY
THAT REPRESENT THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
DEVILS SINKHOLE STATE NATURAL AREA (SNA): 830-683-3762; Rocksprings, TX 78880
EDWARDS COUNTY AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE OFFICE: 830-683-4310; County Courthouse, 404 Main & Sweeden, Rocksprings, TX 78880. Agent: Sam Silvers. http://edwards-tx.tamu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: 830-683-2188; 1107 S Hwy 377, Rocksprings, TX 78880
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY: 830-683-4104; Rocksprings, TX 78880
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, DRIVERS LICENSE DIVISION: 830-683-2376; Rocksprings, TX 78880
FEDERAL OFFICES LOCATED IN EDWARDS COUNTY
US BORDER PATROL: 830-683-2255; 404 W Austin St., Rocksprings, TX 78880
US FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA): 830-683-5444; Rocksprings, TX 78880
US POST OFFICE: 830-683-2143; 102 W Bandera St, Rocksprings, TX 78880
USDA SERVICE CENTER, FARM SERVICE AGENCY: 830-683-2187; Rocksprings, TX 78880
STATE & FEDERAL OFFICES LOCATED ELSEWHERE
THAT REPRESENT THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
Click: State & Federal Offices
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
An upscale Western-style Guest House Bed & Breakfast
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
B&B Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
Come Relax & Enjoy!
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