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A 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

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