The small town of Bandera, Texas is home to about 850 people on a total area of 1.2 square miles. It is the county seat of Bandera County, located about an hour northwest of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. The median age in Bandera is 44 years old.
The town calls itself the “Cowboy Capital of the World” and is home to the Frontier Times Museum and St. Stanislus Catholic Church, one of the oldest churches in Texas. There are many interesting traditions in Bandera, including two of the hardest ultramarathons in Texas: the Bandera 100k run and the Cactus Rose 100 mile endurance run. On Sunday mornings, many motorcyclists head out from San Antonio on what is known as the Bandera Breakfast Run.
It was founded by Roman Catholic Polish immigrants, and many of today’s residents are the descendants of those original immigrants, so the town has a very strong sense of community that goes back generations. It was also the beginning of the Great Western Cattle Trail in the late 19th century.
Most homes in the area sell for under $200,000. This tight-knit small town is a lovely place to visit or live for anyone who loves classic Americana.