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Terrell County, Texas
"The Cactus Capital of Texas"
The native people of this area were the Apache. Though mostly gone from the area when it began to be settled in the late 1800's, remains of their lives here may be found including pictographs. Meyers Spring is one of those sites nearby.
Sanderson was first known as Strobridge for the president of the railroad construction company. Most settlers were ranchers. Sanderson began to decline when Interstate 10 was built taking traffic to the north. AFter a flood in 1965, the population never increased. Most people of the area are still ranchers, though many of them are offering recreation and hunting rather than running their herds.
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Travelers should know that Sanderson is home to the ONLY 24-hour per day services (gasoline, food, groceries) on U. S. Highway 90 between Del Rio, Texas and Alpine, Texas, a distance of 180 miles.Sanderson hosts seven restaurants, three grocery stores, a liquor store, 70 motel rooms, and 3 service stations.
Sanderson is the county seat for Terrell County.
Sanderson Historical Events 1912, March 13
Read about the famous Train Robbery at Baxter's Curve.
Sanderson Community Events Each year on Columbus Day Weekend in October
An Annual Event
Prickly Pear Pachanga
Place: Terrell County Court House Square, Sanderson
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Sponsored by: Terrell County
Each year on Columbus Day weekend, the traditionalbeginning of the Big Bend Region of Texas' tourist season, Sandersonholds the colorful "Prickly Pear Pachanga" to celebrate its traditionsas the "Cactus Capital of Texas" The Pachanga (a Spanish word meaning party), includes a daytime artsand crafts fair, an evening gala dinner with soft music on the CourtHouse lawn featuring foods and drinks derived from or made with cacti, the crowning of a Cactus King and Queen, and an evening dance.