About 40 minutes NW of San Antonio is a town that was, for many of us Texans, a place of reunion with cowboyism, country and western music and honky tonkin’, as well as being a haven for hunters and an all round great place to relax and hang out and rejuvenate your enthusiasm for life.

Then things changed. The camping area on the south bank of the Medina River where so many of us tent camped went first. Now the city is charging to access the river in the city park on the north bank.Medina at Bandera

As businesses have grown and new ones sprung up to take advantage of the week-end tourism that Bandera experiences, the quaint atmosphere and feeling of stepping back in time has been replaced with a commercial tawdriness and lack of warmth.

There are so  many positive, fun aspects of Bandera. Arkey Blue and his Silver Dollar Saloon, The Cabaret Dance Hall, what once was Bandera Forge ( a real favorite of mine) and has now been upgraded to a two story slick remnant of it’s former “punchy” self and of course, The Old Spanish Trail (OST) restaurant which has been a favorite since Spot first peed on hardwood.


EnchiladasRancheros…..YUM !

I still love Bandera. I love it for the memories and the few characters who make it special and the locals who have seen it all….and survived.

My suggestions to any who wish to see and experience the unique qualities that made Bandera a favorite of the western aficionado for generations is….hurry! It’s fading into history.