Sutherland Springs

Name:

Sutherland Springs

County:

Wilson

Zip Code:

78161

Latitude / Longitude:

29°16’24″N 98°03’24″W

Elevation:

469 ft (143 m)

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Sutherland Springs is an unincorporated community located on the old Spanish land grant of Manuel Tarin in northern Wilson County, Texas, United States. It is located on U.S. Highway 87 at the intersection of Farm Road 539, about 21 miles (34 km) east of downtown San Antonio.

Remains:

Sutherland Springs was platted in 1854, and named after John Sutherland Jr., a pioneer citizen. A post office has been in operation at Sutherland Springs since 1851.

Established:

1854

Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

On November 5, 2017, Devin Patrick Kelley shot and killed 26 people and injured 20 at the First Baptist Church. Kelley died afterwards. He crashed his car while being pursued by a church neighbor. He had a gunshot wound the sheriff’s department described as self-inflicted. It is the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.

Remarks:

Old Sutherland Springs occupies a portion of the South bank of the Cibolo Creek, with New Sutherland Springs (which is mostly in ruins) on the north bank of the Cibolo Creek.