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Sanderson, Texas

Sanderson is the Cactus Capital of Texas and Eastgate to the Big Bend Wilderness Area. On Historic Highway 90, about midway between San Antonio and El Paso, its geographic location and altitude of about 3,000 feet give Sanderson a climate unparalleled in the Southwest. The legacy of a rich and colorful past endures in the surviving architectural heritage of adobe and stucco buildings; the century-old depot; railroad buildings and cattle pens.

Sanderson was originally named Strawbridge when the Texas and New Orleans Railroad reached the townsite. When the railroad established a roundhouse and service facilities in 1881, it was renamed Sanderson for the railroad construction engineer. Terrell County was created out of Pecos County in 1905, and Sanderson was designated county seat. The main stream of economy is gas and oil production and ranching.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Terrell County Visitor Center

Established in 1995, the Visitor Center serves thousands of travelers seeking information about Sanderson, Terrell County and the Big Bend National Park and Wilderness Area.

Sanderson, TX Visitors Centers

Terrell County Memorial Museum

The Terrell County Memorial Museum features turn-of-the-century ranch memorabilia which includes tools, implements, clothing and household goods.

Sanderson, TX Museums

Railroad Bunkhouse

Constructed prior to 1900, the bunkhouse is one of the oldest buildings in Sanderson. Assessed in 2001

Sanderson, TX Railroad History

Sanderson Depot

The original heart of Sanderson, the Sanderson Depot is located on historic Downie Street. The Great American Station Foundation recently designated the Sanderson Depot as one of the ten most endangered stations in America. Terrell County received a Transportation Enhancement Grant in 2001

Sanderson, TX Railroad History

Things to do near Sanderson, TX

El Paso Museum of Art

Multimillion-dollar Kress Collection and Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington; frequent exhibits of classical and con...

James Rooney County Park

Green and spacious park on southern edge of city at historic Comanche Springs. Swimming, picnicking and tennis courts....

Paisano Pete

At 20 feet long and 11 feet tall, Pete is probably the world's largest roadrunner. A popular photo subject. ...

Reeves County Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 11Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...