In the Heart of the Hill Country
Kerrville is a Texas Hill Country paradise. The accommodations are first-rate, the scenery is majestic and the people are friendly. What more you could you ask for in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country?
Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, where sparkling spring fed creeks meander through the rugged terrain and rolling hills of the Guadalupe River Valley, the community is rich in history and a heritage.
Often described as mystical, the Hill Country of Texas is a geographic area encompassing some 10,000 square miles of rugged beauty along the Balcones Escarpment in south-central Texas. Kerville is near its center.
Kerrville was established in 1856 and was granted an authorized post office in 1858. The population of Kerrville had grown to 1,843 by 1910 and 12,000 by 1954. Kerr County now has a population of more than 40,000.
When Kerr County was organized on Jan. 26, 1856, then-governor Elisha M. Pease signed a legislative act creating a new county out of the Bexar Land District. The rise of the mercantile and freighting industries in Kerr County began in 1856.
The Charles Schreiner family built up the retail and wholesale industry, banking and ranching. In 1889, the town of Kerrville was incorporated, with Joseph Tivy serving as its first mayor.
Kerrville's Cowboy Artists of America Museum has earned a reputation as one of the nation's outstanding Western art repositories. The facility provides visitors with the opportunity to retrace the history of the West.
Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf Course, which underwent $1.8 million in renovations in 1999, re-opened in January 2000. Nationally recognized golf course architect and Kerrville resident Joe Finger.
One of the oldest multi-discipline arts centers in the United States is located near Kerrville. The Hill Country Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to sustaining a center for the visual and performing arts. The foundation has two main focuses: the Duncan-McAshan Visual Arts Center and the Smith-Ritch Point Theatre.
Kerrville-Schreiner Park is a 517.2-acre city park area along the Guadalupe River, located three miles southeast of Kerrville in Kerr County. Activities include boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, swimming, hiking, bird watching, walking and cycling.
Kerrville location: in central Texas, 104 miles west of Austin. Kerrvile is 65 miles from San Antonio, 306 miles from Dallas, and 248 miles from Houston. It is in the heart of the Hill country with streams and rugged terrain and the rolling hills of the Guadalupe River Valley.
The weather in Kerrville is pleasant - year-round! Mid-summer highs go up to 95 while winter lows go only as low as 35. Spring and Fall both have more rain than summer and winter. In the spring, hail and thunderstorms are common. The summers are warm, but the night cool down. Fall comes with mild days and cool nights giving way to winter usually the middle of December. Cold spells come along, but rarely last more than a few days at a time. Early morning clouds are frequent, but burn off to sunshine by mid-day. Not much rain falls during the winter.