Crabapple, Texas

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Crabapple, Texas
unincorporated community
Crabapple Creek
Crabapple Creek
Crabapple, Texas is located in Texas
Crabapple, Texas
Crabapple, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°26′35″N 98°50′15″W / 30.44306°N 98.83750°W / 30.44306; -98.83750Coordinates: 30°26′35″N 98°50′15″W / 30.44306°N 98.83750°W / 30.44306; -98.83750
Country United States
State Texas
County Gillespie
Elevation 1,775 ft (541 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code [1]
GNIS feature ID 1379606[2]

Crabapple, Texas is an unincorporated farming and ranching community 10.5 miles (16.9 km) north of Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas located on Crabapple Creek,[3] about halfway between Fredericksburg and Enchanted Rock State Park[4] at an elevation of 1,775 feet. [5] The school was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark number 10022 in 1994.[6] The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas on May 6, 2005, NRHP Reference #:05000390.[7]

Settlers and community[edit]

The initial non-indigenous settlers in Crabapple were German immigrants Friedrich Welgehausen, Jacob Land, Adam Pehl, Mathias Schmidt,[8] Nicolaus Rusche,[9] James Riley, Heinrich Kneese, and Jacob[10] and Adam Fries [11] in the mid 19th Century.[12]

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.

Crabapple School and post office[edit]

The original schoolhouse also served as a post office from 1887–1910.

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

Balanced Rock[edit]

Balanced Rock [13] [14] was a famous local landmark that perched atop Bear Mountain in the Crabapple Community.[15] The natural stone pillar, about the size of a small elephant, precariously balanced on its small tip. It fell prey to vandals[16] who dynamited it off its base in April 1986.

See also[edit]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Crabapple has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[17]

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. ^ Crabapple Creek from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 29 April 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  4. ^ Kennedy, Ira. "Enchanted Rock". Tourin' Texas. Retrieved 29 April 2010.  TexFiles
  5. ^ "Geographical Names Information System, Crabapple". U.S. Dept of the Interior. Retrieved 29 April 2010.  U.S. Dept of the Interior
  6. ^ "Crabapple School". Texas Historical Markers. William Nienke, Sam Morrow. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Schmidt, Mathias, Gravestone". Fredericksburg Geneaological Society. Retrieved 29 April 2010.  Fredericksburg Geneaological Society
  9. ^ "Rusche, Nicolaus, Gravestone". Fredericksburg Geneaological Society. Retrieved 29 April 2010.  Fredericksburg Geneaological Society
  10. ^ "Fries, Jacob and Emily, Gravestone". Fredericksburg Geneaological Society. Retrieved 29 April 2010.  Fredericksburg Geneaological Society
  11. ^ "Fries, Adam, Gravestone". Fredericksburg Geneaological Society. Retrieved 29 April 2010.  Fredericksburg Geneaological Society
  12. ^ Kohout, Martin Donell: Crabapple, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 29 April 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  13. ^ "Balanced Rock Postcard". Playle's Online Auction. Retrieved 29 April 2010. Playle's Auctions
  14. ^ "Balanced Rock Pillar". Mountain Zone. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  15. ^ Kennedy, Ira. "Crabapple Community". Tourin' Texas. Retrieved 29 April 2010.  TexFiles
  16. ^ "Vandals Blast Balanced Rock". Schenectady Gazette. 26 April 1986. 
  17. ^ Climate Summary for Crabapple, Texas

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