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Preserve America Community:
Kerrville, Texas

Kerrville (population 20,425), 65 miles northwest of San Antonio, is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, surrounded by majestic rolling hills of the Guadalupe River Valley. Founder Joshua Brown settled here in the 1840s and opened a shingle-making business.

Chartered in 1856 and incorporated in 1889, Kerrville is the county seat of Kerr County. In the early 1920s, the Kerrville area was identified as one of the "healthiest places in the Nation" with year-round good weather.

Today the hospitality industry is the city's third largest employer, attracting both tourists and seasonal visitors known as Winter Texans. Approximately one million visitors come to the Kerrville/Kerr County area each year.

Kerrville has been an active Texas Main Street community since 1995. Its thriving downtown boasts many restored buildings that have garnered State recognition for superior rehabilitation and restoration. Local attractions include the Hill Country Museum, located in the Captain Charles Schreiner Mansion, and the recently restored Union Church.

For more information

City of Kerrville: www.kerrville.org

Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.kerrvilletexas.cc

Kerrville Main Street Program: www.kerrville.org/mainstreet

Updated May 13, 2009

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