Bandera, TX 78003

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Potranco Realty 492107

Bandera TX is known as the “Cowboy Capital Of the World”.

The origin of the name "Bandera". One says that in the 19th century, a flag was placed at the top of a path that came to be called Bandera Pass, due to Bandera being the Spanish and Polish word for flag.


Bandera was founded by Polish Roman Catholic immigrants from Upper Silesia. St. Stanislaus Catholic Church was built by those immigrants, and the church is one of the oldest in Texas.


Bandera is on State Highway 16 fifty miles northwest of San Antonio between Kerrville and Hondo TX. Bandera was part of the western cattle trail during the 19 century and was incorporated in 1964, to learn more about the history one can visit the Frontier Times Museum located in Bandera.

Arts and crafts vendors gather on the Courthouse lawn in downtown Bandera on weekends starting at 9:am to 4:pm. One can find a few rustic cowboys working off the back of their western chuckwagon showing how it was during the frontier day’s while others pedal their arts and crafts. Occasionally you can find a longhorn named Redneck you can sit on for photographs.


I hope you enjoyed this short snippet of our lovely hometown Bandera TX.



If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell real estate in Bandera TX and surrounding cities contact Bob Ratliff with Canyon Vista Realty. TX Broker for Ranch, Farm, Residential and Recreational Ranch properties. (512-587-5689)


Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I'd love to get a picture of redneck with my grand kids on his back and I would also love to see that church in person.  Thank you for highlighting Bandera.

Nov 14, 2020 05:24 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Great Localism post about Bandera , Tx . These kind of post build Readership  !!

Nov 14, 2020 05:27 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoyed reading about Bandera.  Had no idea what the word meant, but I do now thanks to you.  I love learning new things.  A

Nov 14, 2020 05:41 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Bob - Bandera would be a great place to visit.  I would love seeing during this time.

Nov 14, 2020 05:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

How interesting, Bob... would love to visit Bandera. I've been to San Antonio and loved it.

Nov 14, 2020 05:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - I knew the Spanish meaning of bandera but was unfamiliar that it was the same in Polish.  

Nov 14, 2020 05:53 AM
Shayne Stone
HomeSmart - Fulshear, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor" RETIRED

Sounds like a great place to visit and live, I'll need to take a trip out there!

Nov 14, 2020 07:26 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Bandera sounds like the kind of place that I would enjoy visiting, you market it well.

Nov 14, 2020 08:51 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning and WOW ba`B Ratliff what an informative post! Full of history and pictures.  Great job.

Nov 14, 2020 08:59 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

What an interesting history of Bandera Texas Bob! What a great place to live and visit!

Nov 14, 2020 10:52 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

ba`B Ratliff Bandera, TX is a town I would love to visit, but I think I would stay far away from those long horns. 

Nov 14, 2020 11:47 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I had no idea about Bandera TX! This is a wonderful introduction to your hometown! That CHurch is Beautiful! Redneck is lovely too!! 

Nov 14, 2020 12:01 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Sounds like a wonderful place to call home, and a place worth a visit, I am sure there must be some good steak restaurants or BBQ joints in town.

Nov 14, 2020 02:30 PM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

As a person with 100% Polish heritage, this was so interesting to me! I always wonder how ethic groups come here and decide where to live. My parents landed in New York but moved to California - where there are few Poles. Now I live in Chicago where there are many.

Nov 15, 2020 06:38 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Bob,

Glad to see you back posting! I remember going to Bandera to a ranch of some friends friends years ago and was so much fun!!

Nov 15, 2020 09:16 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Great local post.

Nov 18, 2020 08:57 AM