Look at Helotes
Helotes was incorporated as a city in 1981; however, the town has been on Texas maps since the nineteenth
century. The term elotes, a Nahuatl/Spanish word that means corn on the cob, has been used since the early 1700s. Lipan
Apaches, Tonkawas, and Comanches camped in the Helotes hills.
Settled in the 1850s
by European and Latin immigrants primarily from Germany and Mexico, Helotes has a long history as an identifiable town. After
the establishment of the Helotes Post Office in 1873, Helotes was put on county maps. Twenty miles from downtown San Antonio,
Helotes remained a farming community for decades and was a frequent site of cattle drives between San Antonio and Bandera
in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Helotes remained primarily rural
until the late 20th century, when the sale of farmland to developers created a housing boom. Along with the population growth
came a new school. In 1998, Sandra Day O'Connor High School opened in Helotes. According to the 2010 census, Helotes has a
population of 7,300 residents.
Despite its growing population, Helotes retains a unique
small town appeal. Renowned as much for its citizens' independent spirits, as for its lush hill county landscape, Helotes
is the quintessential Texas town.
More of the history of Helotes in pictures
and text can be found at the BiblioBoard Bexar County Tricentennial Digital Archives
Visit our Shop page to purchase books on the history of Helotes.
Old Town Helotes, established in 1881, is located on Old Bandera Road.
A comprehensive history, Helotes, Where the Texas Hill Country Begins, and a
pictorial history, Helotes, Images of America, by Cynthia Leal Massey, are available
for purchase locally at Simply Yours Gifts & More and Helotes Bicycle Shop in Old Town Helotes and at online bookstores.