Stroll through Cuero finds history, unique shops

Sonny Long

Aug. 24, 2013 at 3:24 a.m.
Updated Aug. 26, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.

DeWitt County Courthouse in Cuero.

DeWitt County Courthouse in Cuero.

CUERO - Cuero is steeped in history and abounds in unique retail outlets.

A walking tour through the streets of the county seat of DeWitt County reveals both.


Cuero is home to numerous retail shops, with both the useful and the unusual.

One of the most extraordinary is:

The Cooking Depot

202 S. Esplanade St.

While the store carries top-of-the-line cookware, cutlery, cast iron, service ware, pottery, countertop appliances and cooking utensils, it has made its name by the cooking classes it offers.

Between March and September, in-store chef Jerry Pizzitola and a host of guest chefs put on dozens of cooking classes, which are open to the public.

Cooking classes can also be arranged for private parties.

The latest retail outlet to open in downtown Cuero is:


222 N. Esplanade St.,

filled with eclectic apparel, accessories, home goods and gifts for women.

Owner Cecilia Hedrick, who opened the store in April 2012, describes the store's line of merchandise as "For her and her home."

It is housed in an 1894 building that has served many functions over the years including a Piggly Wiggly grocery store and more recently a warehouse for Lantz Tire Service, from which the building was purchased.


Among the town's several museums is the Cuero Heritage Museum, housed with the Cuero Chamber of Commerce,

Cuero Heritage Museum

124 E. Church St.

The chamber and museum are in the former Cuero Post Office that opened in 1917.

The museum is home to exhibits on the Cuero Turkey Trot festival, 100 years of Cuero High School football, Coco the clown and perhaps its most unique exhibit - juice reamers.

Tucked away in a corner of Reuss Pharmacy,

The DeWitt County Courthouse

307 N. Gonzales St.,

was built in 1897. The Romanesque Revival style features brown sandstone and pink granite.

The courthouse was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1971 and most recently renovated in 2007.

Tales of the clock tower being haunted by a woman have been told for decades.

Reuss Pharmacy515 N. Esplanade St.,

is an exhibit most unusual - pharmacy equipment and supplies. The exhibit also includes a soda fountain, circa 1875, made of marble with silver spigots.

The pharmacy that originally opened in 1845 in Indianola is the oldest in Texas.

With this exhibit as its genesis, a Pharmacy & Medical Museum of Texas is being planned in the former Reuss Pharmacy building built in 1889 on Main Street.

Cuero also has many churches. Three churches of interest are Grace Episcopal Church with its trademark red door at 102 Live Oak St.; St. Mark's Lutheran Church, with its Spanish style architecture, at 400 N. Esplande St; and St. Michael's Catholic Church, at 309 E. Church St., with its tall stain-glass windows.



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