Independence Trail Region


Cuero, Spanish for “leather”, was named for the Arroyo del Cuero nearby, a Spanish reference to the wild cattle that would often get stuck in the arroyo’s mud. In the early 1900s, Cuero turkey farmers would drive their stock to market on foot, creating the comical sight of hundreds of turkeys scuttling down Main Street and inspiring the Turkeyfest, an annual event that continues to be celebrated in Cuero today. Although located inland, its proximity to the Gulf Coast has subjected it to the battering of hurricanes on several occasions. However, many of its historic buildings survive and Cuero civic leaders and business folks are preserving and reviving their best. Cuero is a participating member in the Texas Main Street program, attracting visitors with a handsome collection of over fifty residences, churches and public buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will find plenty of history, including Cuero’s service along the historic Chisholm Trail, in the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum and the Cuero Heritage Museum. As DeWitt County seat, Cuero features a fully restored courthouse, constructed in 1897 from red sandstone blocks and in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. Today, Cuero’s Main Street features shops and dining and hosts events like “Shop the Blocks” and the annual Christmas in Downtown.