Rocksprings Texas

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ROCKSPRINGs Texas

Historic Edwards County Courthouse in Rocksprings Texas

 

Rocksprings Texas is the county seat of Edwards County. The town received its name from natural springs that bubble forth from the porous limestone rocks in the area.

J. R. Sweeten sited Rocksprings in 1891 because of the springs nearby. Also in 1891, the town acquired a post office and was made county seat. The original courthouse built in the town burned in 1897. By 1914 Rocksprings had a population of around 500.

On April 12, 1927, the town was hit by an F5 tornado that destroyed 235 of the 247 buildings in the town. The tornado killed 72 townspeople and injured 205, almost 1/3 of the population at the time.

Rocksprings Texas Attractions:

Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area…This natural area houses one of the state’s largest colonies of Mexican free tailed bats.  The he vertical cavern about 50 feet wide and about 140 deep is thought to be the largest single chamber in Texas,  From late spring through early fall visitors can witness more than 3 million bats stream into the evening sky.  The park is only open via pre-scheduled tours, which are offered Wednesday through Sunday evening.  Tours leave from the Rocksprings Visitor Center and reservations are required.  Center is located at 101 N. Sweeten Street.

Edwards County Courthouse…Edwards County is named after early colonist Hayden Edwards of Nacogdoches. The courthouse was built in 1891 but was  damaged by a tornado in 1927 that killed nearly 70 people. Both the courthouse and The Rocksprings Hotel served as shelters.

Scenic Drives…The highways surrounding Rocksprings serve as beautiful routes through the Hill Country.  Routes of note are R.M. 674 South, US 377 southwest and US 377 northeast.

 Rockspings Texas Recommended Restaurants:

Kingburger…Small family owned burger place that people really enjoy.  Located at 102 N Main.

Corner Café…Great little country café.  Located at 115 N Sweeten St.

Vaquero’s Café…popular local café.   Located at 104 N Hwy 377.

When visiting Rocksprings Texas nearby attractions include Junction, Leakey and Del Rio.

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