The Castroville Campus

Castroville was founded in 1844 by Henri Castro and families from the country of Alsace, the 

eastern region of France that borders Germany and Switzerland. The immigrants raised the town on a land grant along the Medina River, which meanders through town and offers recreational activities.

Known as the Little Alsace of Texas, Castroville is a historic community and continues to preserve and showcase the unique Alsatian architecture of the many historic homes and sites throughout the city. Castroville’s rich cultural heritage is displayed in its unique shops, traditional Alsatian cuisine, museums, and historic buildings and grounds. One of the 

most notable landmarks, Steinbach Haus, also serves as the visitor’s center. After being carefully disassembled in Wahlbach, France and shipped to Texas, the 1600s-era house arrived in Castroville in 1999. Over the next three years, the house was erected and finished using authentic materials and craftsmanship.

The Medina Valley Independent School District invited Rio Grande College to use its new Higher Learning Center to offer classes to the community and RGC started holding classes there in the spring of 2015. Located only 12 miles west of San Antonio, RGC saw an opportunity to serve students in Medina County as well as those living in western Bexar County.