Luckenbach School (Gillespie County, Texas)

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Luckenbach School
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Luckenbach School is located in Texas
Luckenbach School
Luckenbach School
Location Gillespie County, Texas
Coordinates 30°11′12″N 98°24′53″W / 30.18667°N 98.41472°W / 30.18667; -98.41472Coordinates: 30°11′12″N 98°24′53″W / 30.18667°N 98.41472°W / 30.18667; -98.41472
Governing body Local government
NRHP Reference # 05000392[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 6, 2005
Designated RTHL 1982

Luckenbach School is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places Listing. It is located at 3566 Luckenbach Rd. in Gillespie County, Texas. In 1964, the school was consolidated with Fredericksburg Independent School District. The building is now used as a community center.

Community background[edit]

Luckenbach was settled by German colonists such as the Luckenbach family, who arrived in Texas from Stein-Wingert, Germany, aboard the Brig Johann Dethardt January 12, 1846.[2][3] They were among the first wave of colonists to Fredericksburg in 1846. In 1852, the Luckenbachs moved southeast to the area that came to bear the family name, and became naturalized citizens.[4][5][6] August W. Engel was the first postmaster of Luckenbach when the post office was established on August 30, 1886.[7]

School[edit]

The first school house at Luckenbach was a 16' x 15' log construction built on land purchased for $4 from Peter Pehl on July 22, 1855. It was constructed by the local men. When the need outgrew the building in 1881, a 10 feet (3.0 m) addition was built of native limestone. Luckenbach School was part of the Luckenbach School Precinct No. 3, which covered Luckenbach, Grapetown, South Grape Creek, and Grape Hill. Tuition was $1 per year per child. The school day began at 9 a.m., and the school week was Monday through Saturday. A one-room stone teacherage was built in the 1860s, with floors made of wooden planks salvaged from Indianola.[8] The teacherage was later adjoined to the school house. A new schoolhouse of native limestone was built in 1905. In 1949, Luckenbach school became a two-teacher school in order to adhere to the state Gilmer-Aiken Act[9] that limited the number of students per teacher. In 1964, the school was consolidated with the Fredericksburg Independent School District.[10]

Designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1982, Marker number 10075.[11] Lower Luckenbach School was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas on May 6, 2005.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Brig Johann Dethardt". Gillespie County Historical Society. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Pioneers in God's Hills (1960), P.248
  4. ^ "Naturalization Records". Fredericksburg Historical Society. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Perry, Garland. "Jacob Luckenbach". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Lich, Glen E; Schnaut, Brandy. "Luckenbach, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Luckenbach Postmasters". Jim Wheat. Retrieved 7 February 2011. Jim Wheat
  8. ^ "Indianola, Texas". Texas Escapes. Texas Escapes – Blueprints For Travel, LL. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "House Concurrent Resolution No. 48, August, 1947". Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Luckenbach School". The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools, Inc. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "THC Luckenbach School". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "NRHP-Luckenbach School". U.S. Dept. of Interior, the National Park Service. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 

References[edit]

  • Pioneers in God's Hills. Gillespie County Historical Society. 1960. 

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