About Bandera Texas
The city of Bandera is located less than an hour away from San Antonio. Bandera, Texas is known world wide as the Cowboy Capital. The unique landscape and architecture shows why it is a one of a kind city. Bandera has played an extremely important role in keeping the unique American traditions of the Texas cowboy alive.
Ranching fell to an all time low in the 1930’s. This is when an innovative rancher decided to take in “dudes” to help him through the depression. Because of this, Bandera has become well-known for having many popular Dude Ranches. These ranches provide a hand on experience of the cowboy life through horseback riding, chuck wagon meals, and trail rides. One of the more popular ranches is the Mayan Ranch.
- Population: 856
- Elevation: 1,243 ft
- The Frontier Times Museum houses a large collection of artifacts from Bandera’s early days.
- The city has over 200 different bird species.
- Visit the 11th Street Cowboy Bar for a good time and inexpensive, cold drinks.
- The most popular dude ranch to the area is the Mayan Ranch.
Do not miss out on seeing the Frontier Times Museum, located in Bandera. This museum serves tribute to the legacies of the American cowboy and ranching practices. The Museum has a large collection of artifacts from Bandera’s early days. Many of these gems were donated from all over the world.
There is always something to do at the local honky-tonks where Texas artists and musicians mingle with ranchers and tourists, giving Bandera an exciting, unique atmosphere. Traffic around Bandera, consists of horses and motorcycles as much as cars and trucks. The population has held steady for many years at about 1,000 people. But, recently the population of the county has grown substantially.
Enjoy the great outdoors at one of Bandera’s State Natural Areas. The area of Bandera County is home to over 200 different bird species, which can be seen at the Natural Area and Bandera City Park. Horseback riding, popular scenic drives, rodeos, hunting, and golf are all popular activities that any visitor should look forward to. For individuals that enjoy Texas history, there are several museums and historical tours offered in Bandera.
For those that enjoy the night scene, sit back and enjoy the 11th Street Cowboy Bar; where you can enjoy live music and dancing, and buy inexpensive, cold drinks.
Two great singer, songwriters, storey teller,s and bangos. You won’t be disappointed. Follow the links, listen to the music, then reserve your table. You know the food will be good.
December 10, 2013 – Dan finished his latest tour and makes plans for recording his seventh major album in San Francisco with Scott Mickelson, and finishing his memoir for release in 2014, with author J. Alex Greenwood.
July 10, 2014 – Dan finishes Perfect Word. Perfect Beat. and ushers in the era of The Wonder Thrills.
September 6, 2014 Dan joins Mickelson on The Turtle Restaurant Patio
In 2013, San Francisco artist/producer Scott Mickelson celebrated the release of more than five full-length records with his band FAT OPIE. He continues to paint both musical and lyrical portraits of contemporary life as an American. Known for eclectic arrangements and far-reaching production, he produces music with a finger on the pulse of the fragmented culture here in the U.S. This is most evident on the latest release Victoryville hailed as his most important work. “Scott Mickelson will shatter your idea of what an ‘American banjo guy” is supposed to sound like. His voice draws comparisons to Eddie Vedder, his banjo work to Keith Richards, and his songs tell deep, timeless stories.”
The Nectar Lounge (Seattle)
“Prolific songwriters Scott Mickelson and Dan Coyle left listeners laughing, crying and all around elated here at the center of the universe. Wow. Thank you!”
Free with purchase of drink and food. Please make reservations 325-646-8200