Von Ormy (von ormy) is a city in southwest Bexar County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 1,085. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.
It has been known as Von Ormy since the late 1880s. Prior to 1880, the community was known as "Mann's Crossing", "Garza's Crossing", "Medina Crossing", and "Paso de las Garzas". The former settlements of Kirk and Bexarwere absorbed into Von Ormy by the early 1900s.
Von Ormy lies along the Medina River at the crossing point of the historic Upper Laredo Camino Real, at. The city is now crossed by Interstate 35, with access from exits 140 and 141. I-35 leads 15 miles (24 km) northeast to downtown San Antonio and 143 miles (230 km) southwest to Laredo.
In 2008, the Von Ormy Star newspaper was organized in the city. The newspaper covers local and regional news.
Today, several pioneer families who settled in the region prior to the Texas Revolution still comprise a large percentage of Von Ormy residents, including the Ruiz, Herrera, Vara, Hernandez, Guzman, Flores, Mann, Reyes and Quintana families.
Von Ormy is served by the Jarret Volunteer Fire Department, which was established in 1975 in order to provide fire protection for the upcoming bicentennial celebrations.
Von Ormy is home to a budding South Texas film industry centered around the Von Ormy Film Commission. In 2013, the San Antonio Express News declared Von Ormy the "Farm Film Capitol of South Texas".
In 2008, Art Martinez de Vara became the first mayor of Von Ormy, becoming one of the youngest mayors in the United States. He is a 6th generation Von Ormian.
He sought to establish the city as a leader on issues of economic development, education, and suburban independence. The newly formed city embarked on a large master planning project immediately after the first council took office. In its first three years the city had an aggressive agenda which organized a municipal police department, implemented a curbside recycling program, installed street lighting, cleaned up illegal dump sites, initiated uniform garbage collection, resurfaced two unpaved roads, opened a municipal court, organized a health department, completed a park master plan, acquired funds for an infrastructure master plan, began planning for a sewer system and community center and passed by public election an Economic Development Corporation and Community Development Corporation. Martinez de Vara's tenure is also notable for its four consecutive annual tax cuts of 10% each. The formation of the city of Von Ormy spurred a movement of suburban city formation in South Texas.
In 2013, Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering announced plans to establish a charter school in Von Ormy, becoming the city's first school.
In 2010, TV personality Chris Marrou was appointed Associate Municipal Judge of Von Ormy.