A Storied Community
CUERO’S STORY BEGINS when it was founded in 1873, an unruly place until the arrival of Indianola residents following the devastating hurricanes of 1875 and 1886. Many Indianola homes and businesses were disassembled and moved inland to Cuero, which became a bustling city by the turn of the century.
Much of the beautiful architecture from that era still remains. More than 50 buildings and homes, most notably the DeWitt County Courthouse, are registered on the state and national registers of historic places. Driving tours of historic structures and unique murals sprinkled throughout local
businesses are available at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center.
Cuero is a community full of annual events. Beginning in the spring, Cuero and DeWitt County celebrate the natural beauty of Texas wildflowers. More than 1,000 different flora species have been catalogued in the county. The community celebrates with many activities that educate and inform visitors of the wildflowers. Each April, color-coded route maps that help visitors find the best views of wildflowers are available at the Wildflower Headquarters located at the Cuero Chamber of Commerce Agriculture & Visitor’s Center. Additionally, a featured photography exhibit is also displayed in the Cuero Heritage Museum - which is also located in the same historic building as the Chamber.
In July, the Annual Fourth of July Celebration, held at the Cuero Park Pavilion and sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church, is a wholesome community-wide event filled with old fashioned booths and activities such as a dunking booth, watermelon seed spitting contest and hula hoop contests to keep everyone - no matter what their age - busy and entertained. End your evening with the highlight of the day, a beautiful fireworks display held at dusk at the City Park.
Cuero’s major festival is the Turkeyfest Celebration. Held the second full weekend of October, it celebrates Cuero’s designation as “Turkey Capital
of the World,” acheived when many of the farmers produced turkeys over 50 years ago. Diverse entertainment includes a giant parade, arts and crafts
booths, food booths, carnival, street dances, and fun for the whole family.
During the holidays bring your family and friends and experience Cuero’s “Christmas in the Park” lighted driving tour. The mile-long tour includes more
than 150 hand-painted and lighted Christmas displays, a twinkling trail of snowflakes, gingerbread houses, and animated silhouette scenes all sponsored
by local businesses, schools, community organizations and individuals of Cuero. “Christmas in the Park” begins the fourth Monday of November and
continues throughout the holiday season with Thursday nights designated as free hot chocolate nights for visitors and a live Nativity nightly in mid-December. Christmas in the Park is located on Highway 87 South in Cuero’s Municipal Park.
The Guadalupe River provides activities for the avid river fisherman or the experienced river paddler. An annual 45-mile canoe race is held in Cuero. This race is the preliminary race of the Texas Water Safari, a 260-mile canoe race which is held in June and runs from San Marcos to Seadrift, Texas.
As a birding bonus, Cuero is site #28 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.
Come visit DeWitt County with its rolling hills and prairies. Its natural beauty makes it one of the gems of South Texas anytime of the year. Come to enjoy Cuero, but stay to enjoy the stories. Visit www.cuero.org