Bexar County, TX is a region with a long and vibrant history. Established in 1836, the county has seen a steady population growth since its early days of statehood. In 1890, the number of inhabitants born in Germany outnumbered those born in Mexico for the first time. This influx of immigrants from the Old South and Germany has had a lasting impact on the area. The first Protestant churches in Bexar County were not organized until 1844, when two cyclists, Methodist John Wesley DeVilbiss and Presbyterian John McCullough, formed congregations.
Unlike many other areas of Texas, slaves played a minor role in Bexar County's economy. During World War II, the area's bases became an important training center for Army Air Corps cadets under the auspices of the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center. In the early 1980s, Bexar County had fifteen community school districts with 184 elementary schools, 55 middle schools, 35 high schools, and 19 special education schools. After 1952, when Republican Dwight Eisenhower defeated Democrat Adlai Stevenson in the area, Bexar County began to have a more republican trend. Politically, from the annexation of Texas to the Union until the 1950s, Bexar County was firmly on the Democratic side.
The role of Baptists in Bexar County is an essential one.
In a statewide survey conducted by the Texas Baptist General Convention, or Texas Baptists, 30 percent of pastors admit to being under financial pressure, 40 percent work more than 60 hours a week, 9 percent of pastors don't have health insurance, and another 25 percent have a government health insurance plan. Crossroads Baptist Church and Northwest Community Church are two prominent churches in Precinct 2 that serve as important centers for worship and community outreach. The Cibolo Creek forms the border between Bexar and Comal counties in the north and Guadalupe in the east. Despite steady population growth in recent years, Bexar County remains a sparsely populated region. You can visit the Bexar County District Clerk's Passport Service Center to submit your passport application. Las Casas was captured in Chihuahua and executed, his head salted and sent in a box to Bexar for display in the Military Square, in an attempt to dissuade others from supporting his cause.
This event serves as an important reminder of how far Bexar County has come since its establishment.