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EDWARDS COUNTY, Texas

Pronounced: "ED-wards"

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County Seat: RockspringsEst: 1858
County Borders: NE: Kimble; NE: Kerr; E: Real; SE: Uvalde;
S: Kinney; W: Val Verde; NW: Sutton
Population (2015): 1894Businesses (2014): 38COL Index (2008): 76.7
Zip Codes: 78880, 78828Area Codes: 830Time Zone: CST
Center Line Coordinates: 29° 45' N, 100° 16' W
Major Highways: US-337, TX-55, TX-41
Rivers:Lakes:
Area: 2,118 smElevation: 1500 to 2410 ft


BACKGROUND INFORMATION Edwards County

CITIES & TOWNS IN THIS COUNTY: Not all of Edwards County is within the Texas Hill Country. Only the Eastern-most half of the county area is in the Hill Country. The approximate division is the N-S route of TX-55 - Rocksprings - TX 377. For our definition of the boundaries of the Texas Hill Country, see: Definition & Maps

COUNTY GOVERNMENT: Edwards County Courthouse in Rocksprings COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS:
  • Middle Rio Grande Development Council (of Governments):
    Executive Director: Leodoro Martinez, Jr
    Ofc: 830-876-3533; Fax: 830-876-9415
    POB 1199, Carrizo Springs, TX 78834-1199
    Web: www.mrgdc.org
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: The economy is centered on the wool and mohair industry. Edwards County is one of the top producers of wool and mohair in the world. Tourism, hunting, fishing.

EVENT CALENDAR: 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 (Rocksprings); Hill Country-wide Weather

MEDIA COVERAGE: See full details in Directory below. MAPS:
  • Local Google: Map
  • Edwards County: Map
  • Hill Country Special: Maps
HISTORY:
  • Handbook Of Texas Online: TSHA Edwards County Courthouse in Rocksprings - 1897

  • Excerpt from www.rockspringstexas.com: "History: The area now known as Edwards County was explored as early as 1675 by the Spanish. This Hill Country county was created in 1858 from the Bexar District of frontier Texas and named for the Nacodoches empresario, Hayden Edwards. Prolonged Commanche and Apache Indian raids along the Nueces Strip prohibited settlement and formal organizations until 1883. The County's first settlers were a hearty lot of European sheep and goat drovers who found its terrain similar to the highlands of their homeland. Rocksprings became the "Angora goat Capital of the world" when the office of the American Angora Goat Breeders Association was moved there in 1926. Sheep and goat ranching remains the mainstay of the economy. Edwards County ranks #1 in the state in Angora goat and mohair production. The mohair produced here is the finest in the world and highly acclaimed in European markets.

    Location: Edwards County is 2,120 square miles of rolling hills, canyons, caves and spring-fed streams. It sits atop the Edwards Plateau with elevations from 1,500 to 2,500 feet above sea level on the headwaters of the Nueces and Llano Rivers. The townsite of Rocksprings was laid out in 1890 and became the county seat in 1891. Rocksprings is located 70 miles northeast of Del Rio and 78 miles west of Kerrville. Edwards County Courthouse

    Climate: Average annual rainfall is 21.19 inches with a 250 day growing season. The climate is comfortable year round, with January's average low temperature 38 degrees and July's average high 94. Edwards County is located on a mesa at an altitude exceeding 2,500 feet which lends itself to dry, clean air and a constant breeze. The area is noted for its comfortable climate.

    Recreation: Abundant deer, turkey, wild boar and exotics in Edwards County provide excellent hunting for sportsmen. Fishing in the many spring fed streams is also very popular with outdoor enthusiasts. some of the nation's most spectacular caves make the area a favorite of spelunkers. Spectacular beauty abounds along the canyon and atop the plateaus of Edwards County. The hills and canyons, highlighted by an abundance of oak and pinon pine trees, provide a natural, breathtaking view."


  • TXGenWebCounty TXGENWEB Project: Genealogical/historical information, including cemeteries, markers, maps, census data, surname queries), TXGenWeb

  • Edwards County Historical Commission

  • More history: at Portal city profiles in list shown above, including Rocksprings
CEMETERIES: See listings in each town.

OTHER PROFILES: City Data; ePodunk; US Census Quick Facts; TXCIP; Wikipedia;
Texas Escapes (not available); Travel Texas (not available)

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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY

LOCAL LISTINGS: because the City of Rocksprings is the dominant city in Edwards County, please see the Directory Listings at City of Rocksprings


COUNTY GOVERNMENT


EDWARDS COUNTY, ADULT PROBATION: 325-347-5329; 116 W Main, Brady, TX 76825

EDWARDS COUNTY, AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT: 830-683-4310; 404 Austin St, Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, (ROCKSPRINGS) AIRPORT (ECU): 830-683-6122. Publicly owned. Open to the public. Located 4 mi SE of downtown Rocksprings, 78880. No tower. Runway: 4,050 x 50 ft; AirNav; Map

EDWARDS COUNTY, APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-683-4189; 101 E Main St, POB 858, Rocksprings, TX 78880. edwardscad.org

EDWARDS COUNTY, ATTORNEY: 830-683-6128; 830-683-6126; 209 W Main, Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, COMMISSIONER, PCT 1: POB 546, 830-683-7066; Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, COMMISSIONER, PCT 2: POB 371, 830-234-3160; Camp Wood, TX 78833

EDWARDS COUNTY, COMMISSIONER, PCT 3: POB 593, 830-683-2266; Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, COMMISSIONER, PCT 4: POB 484, 830-683-7645; Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, CONSTABLE: 830-683-7222; POB 828, Campwood, TX 78833

EDWARDS COUNTY, COUNTY AGENT: 830-683-4310; Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, COURT COORDINATOR/ADMINISTRATOR: 830-683-7222; Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY & DISTRICT, CLERK: 830-683-2235; POB 184, 400 Main St, Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, 198th: 325-446-9425; POB 635, Mason, TX 76856

EDWARDS COUNTY, DISTRICT JUDGE, 198th: 325-347-0755; POB 1580, Mason, TX 76856

EDWARDS COUNTY, EMS: 830-683-2315; 830-683-3305; 404 W Austin St, Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, FAIRGROUNDS: 903 US-337 N, Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, GAME WARDEN: 210-416-2513; Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, HISTORICAL COMMISSION: Rocksprings, TX 78880. Facebook

EDWARDS COUNTY, JTPA PROGRAM: 830-683-5248; Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, JUDGE: Nick Gallegos: 830-683-6122; POB 378, 401 Main St, Rocksprings, TX 78880. Web: None

EDWARDS COUNTY, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE: 830-683-5187; 404 W Austin, Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, JUVENILE PROBATION: 325-597-2753; POB 548, Brady, TX 76825

EDWARDS COUNTY, NUTRITION CENTER: 830-683-5468; 212 W Main St, Rocksprings, TX, 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, ROAD DEPARTMENT: 830-683-6182/7193; POB 945, Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, SHERIFF: 830-683-4104; 830-683-5110; 404 W Austin St, Rocksprings, TX 78880. Sheriff Don Edwards

EDWARDS COUNTY, TAX ASSESSOR/COLLECTOR: 830-683-2337; 101 E Main St, Rocksprings, TX 78880

EDWARDS COUNTY, TREASURER: 830-683-5116; 400 Main St, Rocksprings, TX 78880

STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES & SERVICES



LOCATED WITHIN THIS COUNTY: See detailed listings in each city/town in this county. Use the list with city links for this county at the top of this profile page. Or, use the Menu at the top of every page for city links. Rocksprings is the predominate city in this county and is where most such services are located.

USPS US POSTAL SERVICE (USPS): 800-275-8777; www.usps.com.
Local post offices:
  • 830-234-3617; 25594 TX-55 S, Barksdale, TX 78828
  • 830-683-2143; 102 W Bandera St, Rocksprings, TX 78880-9998
LOCATED OUTSIDE THIS COUNTY BUT WITHIN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY: See detailed listings in the corresponding cities/towns throughout the Hill County. Use the Menu at the top of every page for city links.

LOCATED OUTSIDE THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY: See State & Federal Offices

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NON-PROFITS, PUBLIC SERVICE & SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS


WITH OFFICES LOCATED WITHIN THIS COUNTY:

See detailed listings in each city/town in this county. Use the list with city links for this county at the top of this profile page. Or, use the Menu at the top of every page for city links. is the predominate city in this county and is where most such services are located.

WITH OFFICES LOCATED OUTSIDE THIS COUNTY:

Red Cross AMERICAN RED CROSS, San Antonio Area Chapter, Del Rio Branch:
830-775-8626; 127 Foster Dr, Del Rio, TX 78840
www.saredcross.org. A humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross Movement, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Serves Edwards county.

ANY BABY CAN OF SAN ANTONIO: 210-227-0170; 217 Howard, San Antonio, TX 78212. www.anybabycansa.org. A non-profit agency that provides direction and guidance for families of children and youth with special needs. All services are provided at no cost, regardless of income, to families who have a child (through age 17) with a chronic illness, disability, developmental delay or health risk. The child must reside in Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Medina, Real, Uvalde or Wilson County. Local office:
Kerrville: 830-792-4222; 819 Water St, Ste 109, Kerrville, TX 78028. Brenda Heimann, bheimann@anybabycansa.org
New Braunfels: 800-524-3755; 1040 N Walnut, Ste C2 at Seele Plaza, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Texas Master NaturalistsTEXAS MASTER NATURALISTS: www.txmn.org. A non-profit organization under the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program in concert with Texas Parks & Wildlife. Mission is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.
Local: Hill Country Chapter, 830-896-2504; 309 Sidney Baker S, Kerrville, TX 78028. Meets 4th Mon 7p at UGRA building. Michelle Haggerty, State Coordinator. Counties served: Counties served: Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Real, San Saba. www.txmn.org/hillcountry

TEXAS RIO GRANDE LEGAL AID (TRLA): 1-888-988-9996; 4920 IH-35 N, Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78751. www.trla.org. A non-profit organization that provides free legal services to eligible low-income residents in 68 counties of SW Texas, including the Hill Country, and also represents migrant and seasonal farm workers. No local permanent offices (except nearby Austin and San Antonio), however visits are made to some cities. Start eligibility application process on web or call for appointment. Free Legal AidCounties served: Bandera, Blanco, Burnet, Comal, Edwards, Gillespie, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Real, Travis, Uvalde, Williamson

Note: See chamber, tourism & economic development listings in Rocksprings.

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