A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 22, 2006
Little Alsace of Texas (Castroville nickname)

Castroville (near San Antonio) calls itself “The Little Alsace of Texas.” The town was founded in 1844 by Henri Castro and a a small group of colonists, mostly from Alsace, France. Castroville boasts several historic homes.

Castroville, TX
Castroville Texas
A Touch of Alsace France!

Welcome to Castroville Tx! Castroville is located approximate ly 15 minutes west of San Antonio and is a town rich in history. Founded in 1844, the town was originally settled by Henri Castro and a small group of French Alsatian colonists. Take a “virtual” tour of historic homes.

The “Little Alsace of Texas” is not only a wonderful place to live, but an excellent weekend getaway. Castroville is the scenic setting of a multitude of historic homes and other historic sites. Be sure to take the “Historic Walking Tour” while in town. You will want to save time to browse the numerous antique shops as well. When your taste buds beckon, there is a wide variety of appetizing fares to indulge in—barbecue, French cuisine, German fare and more! The Regional Park is a wonderful place for a picnic and enjoying the Medina River, as well as letting the children explore the playground equipment.

Welcome to Castroville - On Line! Castroville is a historic little town nestled in the Medina River Valley 15 miles west of San Antonio. Rich in history, the town was founded in 1844 by Henri Castro and a small group of colonists mostly from Alsace, France.

The “Little Alsace of Texas” has much to offer including mouth-watering dining, shopping, antique stores and cozy accommodations.  Check the calendar page for upcoming events you don’t want to miss such as Antique Shows, Fine Art Shows, Festivals and Market Trail Days!  For some exercise, put on your walking shoes, follow the signs, and take a walking tour to view the historical sites throughout town.

Handbook of Texas Online
CASTROVILLE, TEXAS. Castroville, the “little Alsace” of Texas, is located on the Medina River and U.S. Highway 90 twenty-five miles west of San Antonio in eastern Medina County. The town was named for its founder, Henri Castro, with whom the Republic of Texas negotiated an empresario contract on January 15, 1842. Castro’s grant began four miles west of the Medina River and comprised frontier lands in Comanche territory. Wanting to locate his first settlement on the Medina River, Castro purchased the sixteen leagues between his grant and the river from John McMullen of San Antonio.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Wednesday, November 22, 2006 • Permalink