Founded by Reading Wood Black in 1853, Uvalde is the county seat of Uvalde County. In 1856, when the county was reorganized, the town was named Uvalde after the Spanish governor Juan de Ugalde. The area was known as the Honey Capital of the World for its production of huajillo honey back in the 1870s. Uvalde was the home of John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner, former Speaker of the House and Vice President of the United States. The Briscoe-Garner Museum was built in honor of him and a fellow Uvalde native, Governor Dolph Briscoe. The Grand Opera House was built in 1891 and is the oldest functioning theater in Texas.
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