Uvalde is a city in and the county seat of Uvalde County,Texas, United States. The population was 15,751 at the 2010 census.
Uvalde was founded by Reading Wood Black in 1853 as the town of Encina. In 1856, when the county was organized, the town was renamed Uvalde after Spanish governor Juan de Ugalde (Cádiz, Andalucía, 1729-1816) and was chosen as county seat. It is usually considered the southern limit of the Texas Hill Country or the most northerly part of South Texas. Historically, Uvalde is known as the Honey Capital of the World for production of huajillo (also spelled guajillo) honey, a mild, light-colored honey, dating back to the 1870s.
Uvalde was the home of John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner, former Speaker of the House andVice President of the United States. Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, actress Dale Evans, and former Governor of Texas Dolph Briscoe (after whom the post office is named), were born in Uvalde. The city is also home to the Grammy Award-winning Tejano/Norteñogroup Los Palominos.
Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House in Uvalde, restored by the late Governor and Mrs.Dolph Briscoe
Location of Uvalde, Texas
|Coordinates: 29°12′52″N 99°47′23″W|
Uvalde is located at (29.214313, -99.789644) at the crossroads ofU.S Hwy 90 and U.S. Hwy 83.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.6 square miles (19.8 km2), all of it land.
Uvalde is known as one of the best locations for soaring in the United States. It is the site of the 1991 and 2012 World Gliding Championships.
Also located in Uvalde:
Guillermo "Willie" De Leon Civic Center is named for a World War II figure from Uvalde.
Green space in the Uvalde town square
Fountain at the Leona River in Uvalde Memorial Park