Cherry Spring, Texas

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Cherry Spring, Texas
unincorporated community
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Cherry Spring, Texas is located in Texas
Cherry Spring, Texas
Cherry Spring, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°29′00″N 99°00′33″W / 30.48333°N 99.00917°W / 30.48333; -99.00917Coordinates: 30°29′00″N 99°00′33″W / 30.48333°N 99.00917°W / 30.48333; -99.00917
Country United States
State Texas
County Gillespie
Elevation 1,791 ft (546 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 25
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-14572[1]
GNIS feature ID 1379538[2]

Cherry Spring is an unincorporated farming and ranching community established in 1852 in Gillespie County, in the U.S. state of Texas. It is located on Cherry Spring Creek, which runs from north of Fredericksburg to Llano.[3] The creek was also sometimes known as Cherry Springs Creek by residents. The community is located on the old Pinta Trail.[4] [5] The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places Listings in Gillespie County, Texas on May 6, 2005, NRHP Reference #:05000389.[6] The school was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1985.[7]

Current population is 75. Elevation 1,791 feet.[8]

Settlers and Community[edit]

On December 15, 1847, a petition was submitted to create Gillespie County. In 1848, the legislature formed Gillespie County from Bexar and Travis counties.

For more details on this topic, see List of Petitioners to Create Gillespie County, Texas.

While the signers were overwhelmingly German immigrants, names also on the petition were Castillo, Pena, Munos, and a handful of non-German Anglo names.

The community was originally settled by German immigrants Dietrich Rode, a director of the original Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg,[9][10] and William Kothe in 1852.[11] Rode also served as a Lutheran lay minister in his home at Cherry Springs, leading to the establishment of Christ Lutheran Church.[12] The still active church has some 200 members. Mr. Rode’s original home [13] still stands near the church.

The 1860 Census of Gillespie County listed 117 people in Cherry Spring.[14]

John O. Meusebach brokered the Meusebach-Comanche Treaty in 1847, making area settlers safe from Comanche raids. However, Kiowa, and Apache depredations were still committed against the settlers. The most famous white captive of the area was Herman Lehmann.[15] Lehmann later ran the cattle drive stop that became the Cherry Springs Dance Hall.

John O. Meusebach was buried in Cherry Spring in the family cemetery after his death in 1897.[16]

Cherry Spring School[edit]

The Cherry Mountain School Complex, includes Das Alte Schulhaus (the original school) and the Cherry Spring School. The complex,[17] the original school[18] and Cherry Spring School[19] were separately designated Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks. The Cherry Spring School was is listed on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Gillespie County, Texas.[20]

For more details on this topic, see Cherry Spring School, Gillespie County, Texas.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Cherry Spring Creek from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 30 April 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  4. ^ Nixon, Nina L: Pinta Trail (El Camino Pinta) from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 30 April 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  5. ^ "El Camino Pinta". City of San Antonio. Retrieved 30 April 2010. City of San Antonio
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  7. ^ "Old Cherry Spring School". Texas Historic Markers. William Nienke, Sam Morrow. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Geographical Names Information System, Cherry Spring". U.S. Dept of the Interior. Retrieved 30 April 2010.  U.S. Dept of the Interior
  9. ^ "Deidrich Rode Complex". Voice of the Texas Hills. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Perry, Garland. "Rode, Deidrich". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  11. ^ Kohout, Martin Donell: Cherry Spring from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 30 April 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  12. ^ "Christ Luthern Church". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  13. ^ Western Ghost Towns. "Cherry Spring". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Gillespie County Census 1860". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  15. ^ Lehmann, Herman; Hunter, J Marvin; Giese, Dale F (1993). Nine Years Among the Indians, 1870–1879: The Story of the Captivity and Life of a Texan Among the Indians. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 978-0-8263-1417-8. 
  16. ^ "Meusebach, John O., Grave". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  17. ^ "Cherry Mountain School Complex". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Das Alte Schoolhaus". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  19. ^ "RTHL Cherry Spring School". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  20. ^ "NRHP Cherry Spring School". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 

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