Uvalde and the county it serves were named in honor of Spanish colonial governor Juan de Ugalde, his last name Anglicized to Uvalde. The town of Uvalde was founded by Reading W. Black in 1855 and surveyed by Wilhelm Thielepape with four central squares. The town's most famous resident was John Nance Garner, vice president of the United States under Franklin D. Roosevelt before Harry Truman held the post. Uvalde is the location of a fish hatchery and a large asphalt mine, in addition to being known as the “Honey Capital of the World.”
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