National Register Listing in
Real County, Texas

The Battle of San Jacinto fought on April 21, 1836, was the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution, and led to the capture of Santa Anna and the end of the conflict.
Real County, Texas is located in the southwestern part of the state and is named after Julius Real, a former state senator. Its history dates back to the early 19th century when it was inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Lipan Apache and Comanche. In the mid-1800s, the first Anglo-American settlers arrived, attracted by the region's rich natural resources and fertile land.

The county was officially established in 1913, with Leakey as its county seat. Leakey was named after John H. Leakey, an early settler in the area who played a significant role in the county's development. Real County was primarily involved in agriculture, with ranching being the dominant industry. Cattle ranching and farming of crops like corn and cotton became the backbone of the county's economy.

Real County's growth and development were also shaped by the construction of the railroad in the late 1800s. The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway brought economic opportunities to the area, allowing for easier transportation of goods and opening up new markets for local farmers and ranchers. The railway brought increased trade and commerce, contributing to the county's prosperity.

Over the years, Real County has remained mainly rural, with its population and economy centered around agriculture and tourism. Its stunning natural landscapes, including the Frio River and the hills of the Edwards Plateau, attract visitors who enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, and camping. Today, Real County continues to be a charming rural community with a rich history and a close-knit community spirit.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Real County, Texas.

  • 1838 - Real County established as a part of Bexar County
  • 1848 - Real County becomes a part of Kerr County
  • 1913 - Real County officially established
  • 1923 - Leakey becomes the county seat
  • 1926 - Construction begins on Real/Frio River Dam
  • 1930 - Completion of Real/Frio River Dam
  • 1935 - The Civilian Conservation Corps establishes Camp Langtree
  • 1960s - Construction of the Frio River Canyon Bridge
  • 1990s - Introduction of eco-tourism to the area
  • 2004 - The Real County Historical Commission is established