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COMMUNITY OVERVIEW


Seguin, Texas, serves as the county seat for one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, Guadalupe County. Sustaining a competitive tax environment, a strong available workforce and ascending retail sales, Seguin is a pro-business community that is committed to growth.

Located thirty minutes east of San Antonio and forty-five minutes south of Austin, Seguin remains positioned to continue to compete well for future developments with ample developable property and excellent access to major thoroughfares of I-10 and SH130. With a population of 30,006 people, Seguin is a diverse community that people of all incomes, ages, and backgrounds call home.

Seguin is one of the oldest towns in Texas. In 1838, a group of frontier Rangers laid out a settlement among beautiful live oaks beside Walnut Springs on the Guadalupe River. They soon named the town for Col. Juan N. Seguin, a Tejano who fought beside the Anglo settlers against the brutal Mexican dictator Santa Anna. During the remaining years of the Republic of Texas, many settlers arrived hoping to establish cotton plantations. Some say the Old South ended here because few plantations, if any, took root west of those built here. An early census showed that some 30 percent of the county's population were African-American slaves. Meanwhile, the frontier town was a center for experimentation with using concrete as a building material. By the late 19th century, about one out of 10 structures here was made of the locally invented "limecrete." As a result, this small town had the greatest concentration of concrete buildings in the country. About 20 of these rare concrete relics survive today including Sebastopol House Historic Site.

Immigrants from Germany began to pour into the area during the 1840s. They came in a steady stream throughout the rest of the 19th century, briefly interrupted by the Civil War, from 1861-1865. Beginning in 1848 until after the railroad arrived in 1876, stagecoaches made an overnight stop at Seguin’s Magnolia Hotel, on the route from Indianola and Port Lavaca on Matagorda Bay to San Antonio. For many decades, King Cotton ruled hereabouts, and the town's prosperity largely depended on the surrounding rich farms and pasture lands. Then in 1930, the discovery of the Darst Creek Field set off an oil boom here. Other boom-towns sprang up like gushers and as quickly fell into decline. But because Seguin was already an established city, it survived its oil boom and accumulated a prized collection of civic buildings and park facilities from the period. New industries arrived after World War II.

Today, plants making steel, electronic products, mowing equipment, construction material, etc., provide a solid industrial base. A huge, highly efficient, gas-powered electric-generating plant came on line recently. The thriving service sector includes a highly-rated and fast-growing liberal arts university anchoring the western side of the city. A modern, well-respected hospital adjoins a sprawling district for shopping, eating, and lodging on the eastern flank. The beautiful Guadalupe River cuts through the city's south side. A fine public park was built alongside it beginning during the Depression years when Seguin enjoyed its oil boom. A scenic drive lined with picnic tables shadows the river for a mile or so, bordered by an 18-hole golf course. Nearby are the fairgrounds, volleyball courts, ballparks, and a country club. Both Interstate 10 and a main line of the Union Pacific pass through the town's north side, where most manufacturing is located.

The heart of the city is filled with fine old homes in traditional neighborhoods, and the city is ringed by contemporary residential developments as well. Fine homes by leading architects J. Reily Gordon, Solon McAdoo, Leo M.J. Dielman, Atlee B. Ayers, and Marvin Eickenroht dating from the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century can be found on many streets. In addition, just outside the current city limits, hundreds of handsome riverfront homes sit along the shores of Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, and Meadow Lake on the beautiful Guadalupe River.

Seguin is one of the oldest towns in the state. To preserve some of the historic character of the town, Seguin became one of the state's first Main Street cities, and the downtown district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown Seguin includes 26 square blocks, consisting of buildings that date back to the early 1900's and some date as far back as the days of the Republic of Texas. Downtown has a sprawling collection of commercial and public buildings, including two four-story hotel buildings.

Within this section, you will find information and resources regarding Seguin’s history, housing, education, available healthcare, leisure and recreation, and arts and culture.

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