Sonora, Texas

Sonora is a city in and the county seat of Sutton County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 3,027 at the 2010 census.[4]

Sonora, Texas
Sonora entrance sign
Sonora entrance sign
"Home of the Caverns of Sonora"
Location in the state of Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Sutton County Sonora
Coordinates: 30°34′5″N 100°38′39″W / 30.56806°N 100.64417°WCoordinates: 30°34′5″N 100°38′39″W / 30.56806°N 100.64417°W
CountryUnited States
 • MayorWanda Shurley
 • Total2 sq mi (5.1 km2)
 • Land2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
2,129 ft (649 m)
 • Total3,027
 • Density1,512.0/sq mi (592.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)Area code 325
FIPS code48-68756[1]
GNIS feature ID1368606[2]
Sutton County, TX, Courthouse IMG 1364
The Sutton County Courthouse is perched on a hill overlooking Sonora.
Sonora, TX, City Hall IMG 1361
Sonora City Hall
Downtown Sonora, TX IMG 1376
A glimpse of the eastern side of downtown Sonora
Sonora Bank, TX DSCN0931
Sonora Bank at 102 E. Main St. in Sonora
First Methodist Church, Sonora, TX IMG 1371
First Methodist Church of Sonora
Presbyterian Church, Sonora, TX IMG 1374
Presbyterian Church of the Good Shepherd in Sonora
First Baptist Church, Sonora, TX IMG 1378
First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Sonora is named for J. C. Hancock, the pastor there from 1968 to 1983.

Geography and climate

Sonora is located at 30°34′5″N 100°38′39″W / 30.56806°N 100.64417°W (30.568166, -100.644163).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²), all of it land.

The area lies in the western portions of the Texas Hill Country, a region of limestone outcrops and rolling terrain dotted with areas of live oaks (Quercus fusiformis) and juniper (Juniperus ashei) in the form of a woodland or savanna, alternating with a blend of various grasses and other shrubs and cacti.

Sonora's climate is subhumid and subtropical, though periods of long drought are not uncommon due to the proximity of deserts and steppes nearby, to the west. The upland location allows some of the periodic Gulf of Mexico moisture to interact with frontal systems and elevated terrain to create more clouds and precipitation than locations in the brush country to the south, or the steppes and deserts to the west and northwest. Thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are most frequent during spring and fall months, though some lighter, steady precipitation and low clouds can occur during the winter, due in large part to frontal systems originating on the plains and prairies to the north.

Summers are long and hot, often with higher humidity, though a good breeze often moderates the heat. Fall through spring months are often pleasant, though winter can experience brief periods of cold or cloudy weather.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20162,835[6]−6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, 2,924 people, 1,043 households, and 808 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,488.8 people per square mile (576.0/km²). There were 1,264 housing units at an average density of 643.6 per square mile (249.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.18% White, 0.34% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 23.36% from other races, and 1.54% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 53.35% of the population.

Of the 1,043 households, 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were not families. About 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city, the population was distributed as 31.1% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,272, and for a family was $38,106. Males had a median income of $31,728 versus $17,935 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,128. About 13.0% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.9% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.

Local government

The city government of Sonora uses the aldermanic form of government. It is led by an elected mayor and four other council members.[8]

As of February 24, 2016 the mayor of Sonora was Wanda Shurley and the four council members were Doug Chandler, Todd Munn, Jeremy Dawson, and Terri Johnson.[9] The Sonora police department is headed by Chief Matthew Routh.


The City of Sonora is served by the Sonora Independent School District. Sonora exhibits a proud tradition of both academic and athletic success in its long history. The Sonora High School Broncos have won the most football state championships in their division (2A) with five, the most recent having been won in 2000 against the Blanco Panthers.

The latest championship team was coached by Jason Herring. 2000 was the first of two State Championships for him, his second coming in 2011 (beating the Broncos on the way there) with the Refugio Bobcats.


On the night of April 2, 1901, William Carver, a member of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch, was shot and killed in Jack Owen's Bakery by Sheriff E.S. Briant and his deputies. Briant was trying to arrest Carver on suspicion of the murder of Oliver Thornton in Concho County.

Notable residents


  • Caverns of Sonora: about 8 miles to the west
  • Eaton Hill Nature Center: interpretive exhibits and over 3 miles of hiking trails.[11]
  • Miers House Museum: restored 1890s Victorian home.[12]
  • Old Sonora Ice House Ranch Museum, a museum focused on the legacy of Will Carver.[13]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Counts, 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). Texas: 2010.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "City of Sonora, Texas Code of Ordinances Division 1, Sections 2-41 and 2-42". Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "City Council". Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  10. ^ "Jerald Jackson Taylor". April 3, 1995. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  11. ^ "Eaton Hill Nature Center". Texas Mountain Trail Region. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  12. ^ "Miers Home Museum". Texas Mountain Trail Region. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Old Sonora Ice House Ranch Museum". Texas Mountain Trail Region. Retrieved 4 November 2014.

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Dogtooth spar

Dogtooth spar is a speleothem found in limestone caves that consists of very large calcite crystals resembling dogs' teeth (hence the name). They form through mineral precipitation of water-borne calcite. Dogtooth spar crystals are not limited to caves, but can grow in any open space including veins, fractures, and geodes.

These sharp tooth-shaped crystals are generally of the magnitude of centimeters long, but anomalous samples decimeters long exist, notably in Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns. A layer of crystalline calcite can be found underneath the surface of crystal points.

The sharply tooth-shaped crystals typically consist of acute scalenohedrons, twelve triangular crystal faces that ideally form scalene triangles. However, modification of these faces is common, and individual crystal faces may have many more than three edges. Calcite crystallizes in the rhombohedral system, and the most common scalenohedron form has the Miller index [2131].

Spar is a general term for transparent to translucent, generally light-colored and vitreous crystalline minerals.


A helictite is a speleothem (cave-formed mineral) found in a limestone cave that changes its axis from the vertical at one or more stages during its growth. Helictites have a curving or angular form that looks as if they were grown in zero gravity. They are most likely the result of capillary forces acting on tiny water droplets, a force often strong enough at this scale to defy gravity.

Helictites are, perhaps, the most delicate of cave formations. They are usually made of needle-form calcite and aragonite. Helictite forms have been described in several types: ribbon helictites, saws, rods, butterflies, "hands", curly-fries, and "clumps of worms". They typically have radial symmetry. They can be easily crushed or broken by the slightest touch. Because of this, helictites are rarely seen within arm's reach in tourist caves.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument in Utah has one of the largest collections of these formations in the world. Large numbers are also in the Jenolan Caves in Australia and in the Pozalagua Cave in Karrantza, Spain. A remarkable suite of helictites also occurs in Asperge Cave, France.

Interstate 14

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The proposal for 14th Amendment Highway has its origins in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The study and planning of I-14 has continued because of support and interest from both the Congress and the associated state highway departments. The I-14 corridor provides a national strategic link to numerous major military bases and major Gulf Coast and Atlantic ports used for overseas deployments in six states from Texas to South Carolina.

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Junction Boys

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Mesa Public Schools

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Show cave

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Sonora High School (Texas)

Sonora High School is a public high school located in Sonora, Texas and classified as a 3A school by the UIL. It is part of the Sonora Independent School District which covers all of Sutton County. In 2013, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.

Sonora Independent School District

Sonora Independent School District is a public school district based in Sonora, Texas (USA). The district's boundaries parallel that of Sutton County.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.A former board member, Mallory Ann Barnhart Rousellot operates a downtown restaurant, Mercantile on Main, in Sonora. She is chairman of the Sutton County Republican Party. She and her husband, Mark W. Rousellot, operate a ranch in Sutton County.


Stephanomeria is a genus of North American plants also known as wirelettuce, belonging to the dandelion tribe within the sunflower family.Stephanomeria species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Schinia scarletina, which feeds exclusively on the genus.

Annual speciesStephanomeria diegensis Gottlieb - wreathplant - Baja California, southern California; Hybrid origin: S. exigua х S. virgata

Stephanomeria elata Nutt. - Santa Barbara wirelettuce - California and Oregon; 2n=32

Stephanomeria exiguaNutt. - small wirelettuce - widespread throughout western United States + Baja California; 2n=16

Stephanomeria hitchcockii Gand. - Kansas

Stephanomeria malheurensis Gottlieb - Malheur wirelettuce - Harney County in Oregon; 2n=16

Stephanomeria mexiae M.E.Jones - Chihuahua

Stephanomeria paniculata Nutt. - tufted wirelettuce - Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho; 2n=16

Stephanomeria virgata Benth. - rod wirelettuce - California, Oregon, Nevada, Baja California; 2n=16Perennial speciesStephanomeria cichoriacea A.Gray - chicoryleaf wirelettuce - southern California; 2n=16

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Stephanomeria monocephala Moran - Baja California

Stephanomeria occultata Moran - Endemic to Weber River corridor, Northern Utah; 2n=16

Stephanomeria parryi A.Gray - Parry's wirelettuce - Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah; 2n=32

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Stephanomeria runcinata Nutt. - desert wirelettuce - Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, Alberta, Saskatchewan; 2n=16

Stephanomeria tenuifolia (Raf.) H.M.Hall - narrow-leaved wirelettuce - western United States; Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Baja California; 2n=16

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Sutton County, Texas

Sutton County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,128. Its county seat is Sonora. The county was created in 1887 and organized in 1890. Sutton County is named for John S. Sutton, an officer in the Confederate Army.

Sutton County Courthouse

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