Kerrville   Population - 20,425 Altitude - 2000
Kerville, Texas
General -
Seat of Kerr County, one of state's most popular health and recreation centers. Area believed by many to have most ideal climate in the nation. More than two dozen boys' and girls' camps, scores of hotels, motels, dude ranches and religious encampments attract thousands annually. Rugged cedar and live oak-covered hills, picturesque green valleys and beautiful streams edged by towering cypress. White-tailed deer so numerous that motorists are cautioned to be on the alert for them, especially at night.

Capt. Charles A. Schreiner, born in Riguewihr, France, was early, prominent Kerrville settler. He served with the Confederacy and as a Texas Ranger; established general merchandising business in Kerrville, 1869. The Charles Schreiner Co. owned more than 600,000 acres of land by 1900, extending some 80 miles Northwest to Menard. Among Schreiner's philanthropies was establishment of Schreiner Institute (now Schreiner College).

Industries include Mooney Aircraft, James Avery Silversmith.

Major annual event are Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair, Memorial Day weekend, provides opportunity to see Works of more than 200 of Texas' finest artists and craftsmen; Texas Mohair Festival in January, and EAA Fly- In and Air Show in October. Music festivals featuring folk and Country/Western stars are usually held On Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends at Quiet Valley Ranch south of Kerrville.

Cowboy Artists of America Museum

Splendid showcase for contemporary cowboy artists including works by Joe Beeler, James Boren, Robert Duncan, Melvin Warren and others; permanent and rotating collections; special exhibitions; workshops by artists in residence; library, auditorium and museum store. Open Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. Also Mon. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in June - Aug. 1550 Bandera Hwy. (Texas 173) south of town. Admission.

Texas Heritage Music Museum

Memorabilia of Texas musicians. Also has CDs, cassettes, and albums of Texas musicians on consignment. Monthly song writer showcase features local writers and musicians performing original music. Major Sponsor of Jimmie Rogers Jubilee held in Sept. Open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat., Sun. noon - 5 p.m. For information and schedules, call 210/895-4442. At Inn of the Hills, 1001 Junction Hwy., Suite F.

Kerrville State Park

500 beautiful Hill Country acres on upper reaches of cypress-edged Guadalupe River. Camping, shelters, RV hookups, rest rooms, picnicking, fishing, swimming, nature study, hiking. South edge of city off Texas 173. Admission. 210/257-5392.


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