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"no slogan"Population (2000): 1,081Elevation: 1,499 ftArea: undefined smCounty: Edwards
Zip Code: 78828Area Code: 830-597Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 29° 43' 31" N, 100° 2' 2" W
Location: SE part of county; 26 mi W of Leakey
Highways: TX-55, FR-335Rivers: NuecesLakes:
CITY: Not incorporated; Web: None
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
- NUECES CANYON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
830-597-6241; 112 E 4th St, Camp Wood, TX 78833. POB 385
Web: nuecescanyonchamber.com; Email: email@example.com
No regular office hours for Chamber. A non-profit, all volunteer organization.
Serves: Barksdale, Camp Wood, Montell, Vance, together known as the "Nueces Canyon"
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching, tourism
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below
- Hunting, fishing: See Portal
- "Twisted Sisters" Scenic Drives & Motorcycle Routes: RM-337, RM-335, RM-336. The Sisters travel about 96 mi through massive timbered hills, steep cliffs, secluded valleys and streams. "One of the fifteen most scenic spots in Texas" (Texas Highways, Nov 1998). Article
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Rocksprings: Devil's Sinkhole & Bat Cave; Twisted Sisters Scenic Drives & Motorcycle Route
- Camp Wood; Tinker The Fossilized T Rex; Twisted Sisters Scenic Drives & Motorcycle Route
- Leakey: Wildlife Art Museum; Real County Historical Museum; Frio River Fun; Twisted Sisters Scenic Drives & Motorcycle Route
- Montell: Historic Mission
- Concan: Garner State Park
- Kickapoo: Kickapoo Cavern State Park, Kickapoo, 28 mi W of Camp Wood, and just outside the Hill Country
- Vanderpool: Lost Maples State Natural Area
- Local city parks include: None
For full details on these and nearby events see Festivals & Major Events, Trade Days & Farmers Markets, Live Entertainment, and calendars on our other focus topic pages accessible from the menu above.
WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather
MEDIA COVERAGE: See full details in Directory below.
- On-Line News: Google News
- Newspapers, Radio/TV, Articles & Videos:
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "... is on the Nueces River at the intersection of Farm Road 335 and State Highway 55, twenty-four miles southeast of Rocksprings in southeastern Edwards County. The community is named for Lewis Barksdale, who patented a league and a labor of land in the area in 1847. Settlers moved into the area in the 1860s, and Barksdale moved to the site of the community in 1869. A settlement gradually developed there, and in its early years the community was called Dixie, for nearby Camp Dixie. By 1880 Dixie had a saloon, a hotel, and a small store. When the community applied for a post office in 1882, its residents were told that another community named Dixie had already secured that name, so citizens selected Barksdale as the name. In 1884 the community had a population of twenty, and by 1890 Barksdale had two general stores and a grocery. School was held in a small house until a school building was erected in 1887; the new schoolhouse doubled as a church. Over the next two years a gristmill and a cotton gin were built in the town, and by 1900 Barksdale had 106 residents. The community received telephone service soon thereafter, a Baptist church was built in 1906, and a bank opened in 1907. Barksdale's population was estimated at 200 through the mid-1940s. In 1948 the town had a school, a church, and five businesses, but by 1950 its population had fallen to an estimated 150. A Methodist church was built there in 1950, and a new high school building was built in 1957. By 1973 Barksdale consisted of the high school, two businesses, several dwellings, and a cemetery, and its population had fallen to seventy-one. The town grew dramatically in the late 1980s as a number of housing subdivisions were built there. In 1990 Barksdale had 617 inhabitants and six businesses. By 2000 the population grew to 1,081 with sixteen businesses."
Founded 1860s. Named for Lewis Barksdale, an early settler.
PRIOR CITY NAMES: Dixie
HISTORICAL MARKERS: See Texas Historical Commission's Historic Sites Atlas: atlas.thc.state.tx.us. Includes interactive map plus detailed descriptions of historical markers, cemeteries, museums, all searchable by county.
• Dixie Settlement
• Nix Mill
• The Pioneer Coalsons
CEMETERIES: See THC Historic Sites Atlas above.
• Barksdale Cemetery
AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: no; Convenience Stores: no; Restaurants: yes; Lodging: yes; Grocery Stores: no; Banks: no; Vehicle Repair: no; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: no; Post Office: yes; Public Schools: yes; Cemetery: yes
PORTAL WEB CAM GALLERY: Barksdale
OTHER PROFILES: City Data (not available); Texas Escapes; Wikipedia
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
COWBOY CHURCH IN THE NUECES RIVER CANYON: 830-234-3180; TX-55 N, Barksdale, TX 78828
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BARKSDALE: 830-234-3646; 200 Church St, Barksdale, TX 78828
HOUSE OF PRAISE: 830-234-4242; TX-55, Barksdale, TX 78828. (Inter-denominational)
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 830-683-3135, Barksdale, TX 78828
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
BARKSDALE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT: TX-55, Barksdale, TX 78828
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: Click: Edwards County Government Offices
NCCISD TAX OFFICE: 830-234-3480; Barksdale, TX 78828
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
click: Texas & Federal Government Offices
US POSTAL SERVICE (USPS): 800-275-8777; usps.com. Local post office: 830-234-3617; 25594 TX-55 S, Barksdale, TX 78828. Mon-Friday 7:45a to 11:30a and 12 to 3:45p; Sat Window Hours 8:30a-10:30a
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing
LEDGEWATER: 830-234-3424; Barksdale, TX 78828
LOST CANYON RETREAT CENTER: 830-234-3250; Barksdale, TX 78828. Located on the outskirts of Barksdale. Groups welcome to this ecumenical retreat. Quietness, cabins, and a river view.
NUECES RIVER MOTEL: 830-234-3648; TX 55, POB 145, Barksdale, TX 78828. Located N of Barksdale by the river. Doubles and kitchenettes available.
Note: Check RV Parks below for availability of cabins, guest houses and other accommodations.
BARKSDALE FREEDOM FARMS 830-234-3284; POB 44, 202 CR-360, Barksdale, TX 78828. freedomfarms.org. A place for you and your horse to spend the night, rest, and trail ride. Indoor and outdoor arena with facilities for overnight horse accommodations. The human overnighters can stay in one of the rustic cabins. Dedicated to sharing the Gospel. Christian horse camps, lessons, and Cowboy Church services take place during the year. Christian Summer Horse Camp, July-Aug: Instruction in Barrel Racing, Poles, Safety, & Horsemanship, Bible Study, Swimming, Trail rides, Hiking, Archery, & More.
(THE) CANYON BROADCASTER: 830-597-2236; POB 674, TX-55, Barksdale, TX 78828. FB. Weekly newspaper
CONNIE'S CREATIONS: 830-234-4191; Barksdale, TX 78828
DOUBLE D RANCH: 830-234-3254; Barksdale, TX 78828
DOUGLAS BERRY: 376 Cox Ln, Barksdale, TX 78828. Lavender farm
DRESSLER VETERINARY SERVICES: 830-234-4101; 963 CR-380, Barksdale, TX 78828
FTW RANCH: 830-234-4366; Barksdale, TX 78828
GLEANNLOCH FARMS: 830-234-3670; Barksdale, TX 78828
H&R BLOCK: 830-234-3332; 25743 TX-55 S, Barksdale, TX 78828. hrblock.com
HEALTH RETREAT: 830-234-3610; Barksdale, TX 78828
JO JAN VAN: 830-234-3273; Hc 1 Box 33, Barksdale, TX 78828
PAMELA KAY SANDERS: 830-683-5774; 1950 Indian Springs Dr, Barksdale, TX 78828. Private Investigation Agency
PATTERSON KNIVES: 830-234-3586; FR-335, Barksdale, TX 78828-0246. pattersonknives.com/knifegallery.html. Knife maker
RAY ROSS AUCTIONEER: 830-234-3618; Barksdale, TX 78828
ROCKIN' B TRUCKING: 830-2279-9640; Barksdale, TX 78828
SPRING CREEK RANCH: 830-234-3180; Barksdale, TX 78828
TEXORADO RANCH: 830-234-3264; Barksdale, TX 78828 78828
TOM TAYLOR TRUCKING: 830-234-7274; 25622 TX-55 S, Barksdale, TX 78828
BARKSDALE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION: 830-234-1551; Barksdale, TX 78828
BARKSDALE CIVIC ASSOCIATION: 830-234-3202; Barksdale, TX 78828. Meets last Mon at 6p, at Mary B Powers Hall, located on Taylor St across from Nueces Canyon High School. Lee Sweeten, Pres
CAMP FAWCETT FOUNDATION: 830-703-0528; 508 S High St, Uvalde, TX 78801. campfawcett.org. Located in Barksdale (about 1 mi from town), and established in 1928; oldest Scout camp serving youth in Texas.
MARY B POWERS HALL: Barksdale, TX 78828. Meeting facility at Nueces HS campus
NUECES CANYON PUBLIC LIBRARY: 830-234-4228; Barksdale, TX 78828
THREE SOJOURNERS: 830-234-3156; Barksdale, TX 78828
CASEY REALTY: 830-234-3123; 2521 CR-380, Barksdale, TX 78828. caseytexashillsrealty.com
LOCKHART REAL ESTATE: 830-234-3415; 10351 FR-335, Barksdale, TX 78828. jlockhartrealestate.com
COUNTRY SEWN CREATIONS: 830-234-3346; Barksdale, TX 78828
KAREN ANN ORIGINALS: 830-234-3586; 25743 TX-55, Barksdale, TX 78828. Jewelry, Patterson knives
STEVE’S COUNTRY STORE: 830-234-3663; TX-55 & FR-335, Barksdale, TX 78828
TAYLOR MADE SADDLES: 830-234-3322; N TX-55, Barksdale, TX 78828
ANGEL WINGS CAFE: TX-55 N, Barksdale, TX 78828
(THE) CHICKEN COOP GRILL: 830-234-3244; TX-55 N, Barksdale, TX 78828
DANA'S HOTDOG HOUSE: 830-234-5500; TX-55 N, Barksdale, TX 78828
NUECES CANYON CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (NCCISD):
830-234-3514; 200 Taylor St, Barksdale, TX 78828.
"Panthers", Blue and White. UIL: Conf 1. Mid and high school facilities and administration.
See Camp Wood for elementary school and sports facilities.
BARKSDALE WATER SUPPLY CORP: 830-234-1550; Barksdale, TX 78828
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
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Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
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