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Preserve America Community:
Cuero, Texas

Situated on the Guadalupe River in south-central Texas, Cuero (population 6,571) is the seat of DeWitt County and was founded in 1873. Cuero has three historic districts, and, through participation in the Texas Historical Commission's Visionaries in Preservation program, has developed an action plan to guide preservation for the next decade.

The downtown historic commercial district has recently benefited from installation of historically compatible street lighting, and several vacant historic buildings are slated for adaptive use in conjunction with renovation of the DeWitt County Courthouse (1897).

The former Federal Building (1915) houses the Cuero Heritage Museum, where a permanent exhibit, "Cuero Talks Turkey," honors Cuero's pioneering role in the Texas turkey-raising industry and the community's century-old annual celebration, Turkeyfest.

The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum (scheduled to open in 2006) will be housed in the historic Knights of Pythias Hall (1903) and will celebrate the ranching and agricultural history associated with the famous trail, which began near Cuero.

These and other heritage attractions are promoted through Cuero's participation in the heritage tourism initiatives of the Texas Historical Commission's Texas Independence Trail Region.

For more information

City of Cuero: www.cityofcuero.com

Cuero Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture: www.cuero.org

Cuero Cultural and Heritage Foundation: www.cueroculture.org

National Register Travel Itinerary: www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel/tx

Updated May 13, 2009

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