Helotes, TX – The Historical Society of Helotes invites the public to a reception Thursday, March 9, at 5:30 pm, at the Helotes City Hall gallery to view its new exhibit: “Leon Valley–Then & Now.” On loan from the archives of the Leon Valley Historical Society, the collection includes photographs and artifacts of early pioneer families, the founding of the City of Leon Valley, and Leon Valley today.
Leon Valley is referred to as Helotes’s “sister city.” Both Helotes and Leon Valley were founded in the late 1850s as ranching settlements and became stagecoach stops in the 1860s. Austrian immigrant Joseph Huebner was the proprietor of Leon Valley’s stagecoach stop, now the historic Huebner Homestead. Families with the surnames of Evers, Bormann, Steubing, and Salazar were some of the first to settle the area. In 1952, the town was incorporated as a City. Today, the vibrant community has a population of 11,000 residents.
The Society rotates exhibits twice a year and asks those who may have historical artifacts suitable for display to contact HSH President Cynthia Massey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.historicalsocietyofhelotes.org for more information about the Society’s many events and activities.