Del Valle, Texas


Del Valle, Texas
Del Valle
—  Unincorporated community  —
Del Valle Post Office
Del Valle is located in Texas
Del Valle
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°12′38″N 97°39′16″W / 30.21056°N 97.65444°W / 30.21056; -97.65444Coordinates: 30°12′38″N 97°39′16″W / 30.21056°N 97.65444°W / 30.21056; -97.65444
Country United States
State Texas
County Travis
Elevation 482 ft (147 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 300
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 78617
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID

Del Valle (play /dɛlˈvæli/) is an unincorporated community in southeastern Travis County, Texas, United States. It is about 7 miles (11 km) miles southeast of Downtown Austin,[1] and is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area. The 2000 census estimates the population to be 300.[citation needed]

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History

In 1812 Santiago Del Valle settled in the hills of Central Texas in a piece of land given to him by the Mexican Government as a land grant.[2] The community of Del Valle, established in the mid-1870s, was named after the land grant. In 1878 a post office opened. By the mid-1880s Del Valle, with 50 residents, also had three churches, two cotton gins, one general store, one steam gristmill, and one school. The primary crops shipped by farmers in the Del Valle area were cotton and grain. By 1900 Del Valle had 75 residents. About 150 people lived in Del Valle in 1927. The Great Depression hampered the community, which had 25 residents in the early 1930s. In 1942 the Del Valle Army Air Field, which later became known as the Bergstrom Air Force Base, opened, leading to an increase in the area population. In the mid-1940s Del Valle had 125 residents. In the mid-1950s Del Valle had 200 residents. From the early 1970s to the early 1990s Del Valle's population estimates hovered around 300. In 1970 Del Valle had 12 businesses. In 1990 Del Valle had 35. By 2000 Del Valle had 2,476 residents and 158 businesses.[1]

Geography

Del Valle is located at (30.21056, -97.65444) with an elevation of 482 feet.[citation needed]

Government and infrastructure

The United States Post Office operates the Del Valle Post Office at 2883 Texas State Highway 71 East.[3] Del Valle's first post office opened in 1878. At the time William Givens was the postmaster.[1]

Education

Edward A. Neal Administration Building, the headquarters of the Del Valle Independent School District

Del Valle is served by the Del Valle Independent School District. residents are zoned to Del Valle Elementary School, Del Valle Middle School, and Del Valle High School.

By the mid-1880s Del Valle had a school. In 1907 the area common school district had two schools, each with one teacher. One school had 108 black students, and one school had 9 white students. Throughout much of its history Del Valle was served by the Colorado Common School District Number 36 and the Hornsby-Dunlap Common School District.[1] In April 1963 the Colorado school district changed its name to the Del Valle Independent #910. In May 1967 the Del Valle district annexed the Hornsby-Dunlap district.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Del Valle, TX." Handbook of Texas. Retrieved on May 10, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "A History of Del Valle." Del Valle Independent School District. Retrieved on May 10, 2011.
  3. ^ "Post Office Location - DEL VALLE." United States Post Office. Retrieved on April 20, 2009.

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