Cuero: Heritage, History and Hospitality
CUERO, A CLASSIC TEXAS TOWN, always welcomes visitors to its historic location along the Coastal Bend of Texas along HWY 183S and 87S. WILDLIFE abounds in DeWitt County including deer, turkey, quail, dove, squirrel, wild hog, and other game and nongame animals. More than 70,000 acres of ideal habitat is managed for wildlife. Cuero Municipal Park surrounds a ninehole golf course available throughout the year as the winters are mild. For recreation and relaxation visitors can find a Junior Olympic-size swimming pool, three-court basketball pavilion, lighted fishing pier,birding areas, native plant enhancement area, rodeo arena, community produce garden, and an exercise trail – all at the park! The annual Fireworks Celebration, sponsored by the City of Cureo, is also held at the park.
DeWitt County, also known as WILDFLOWER CAPITAL OF TEXAS, as designated by the 1998 Texas Legislature, hosts
visitors to view the over 1,000 different flora species in April. The DeWitt County Wildflower Association, a volunteer group, celebrates with many activities that educate and inform visitors of the wildflowers in the County. The profusion and variety of wildflowers growing along the roadsides is breathtaking. As a birding bonus Cuero is site #28 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail; maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce office. During the month of April, color-coded route maps and a colorful printed guide are available at the Wildflower headquarters located in the county museum. Docents provide daily updates of the best routes to see and photograph. Additionally, the month long exhibit features fresh wildflowers displayed in unique antique bottles and jars and labeled with their three different names: species, common, and family. Visit www.dewittwildflowers.org for more information.
Cuero’s major festival is the TURKEYFEST, held the second full weekend of October, it celebrates Cuero’s designation
as “Turkey Capital of the World” when many of the farmers produced turkeys over fifty years ago. Diverse entertainment includes a giant parade arts and crafts, food booths, carnival, zany turkey contests, street dances and fun for the whole family. Most famous is the “Great Gobbler Gallop”, the turkey race known the world over, between Worthington, MN’s Paycheck and Cuero’s Ruby Begonia. The two heat race, one in each town, averages the time determining the winner of the ‘Traveling Turkey Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph’ as well as the title ‘World’s Fastest Turkey’. Visit www.turkeyfest.org for more information.
SHOPPING in Cuero is an experience of ease and convenience with Texas hospitality found in each shop. Most of the shops and services are family owned so buying quality time for the home and garden is friendly and personal – buyers get city styles without city prices! Shoppers can find antiques, collectibles, unique items crafted by Texans, coffees, fine wines, Mexican wares, specialty culinary items, rustic linens, designer apparel, custom framing, floral arts, and weekly livestock auctions.
Cuero boasts three successful MUSEUMS: DeWitt County Historical Museum, Cuero Heritage Museum, which is housed
in the historic Cuero Federal Trail Building, and the Reuss Pharmacy Historic Pharmaceutical Museum. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum (opening 2010) is still in the developmental stages. The historic Federal Building of Cuero, built in 1915, housed the post office as well as other Federal offices up until the mid sixties. Today it is the home to the Cuero Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture and the Cuero Heritage Museum which features city memorabilia. DEWITT COUNTY COURTHOUSE, completed in 1896, was designed by two famed Golden Age architects, A.O Watson and Eugene T. Heiner. Built in Romanesque style with a belfry, it is listed as a Texas Historical Landmark and on the National Registry of Historic Structures. The Courthouse received a historic restoration grant in the fall of 2003 and has undergone a complete refurbishment of the facade and interior. The third floor, which was redesigned in the 1950s to house several offices, has been returned to its original design by including the balcony which was used to view court in session.
While in Cuero, stop by the CUERO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND AGRICULTURE where you will find area information.
With over 60 homes and churches listed on the National Registry of Historic Structures and Texas Historical Commission
Registry, self-guided driving tour maps can be found at the Cuero Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, 124 E. Church. 361-275-2112 or visit our website www.cuero.org.