Quihi, Texas

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Quihi, Texas
Quihi, Texas is located in Texas
Quihi, Texas
Quihi, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 29°23′30″N 99°01′48″W / 29.39167°N 99.03000°W / 29.39167; -99.03000Coordinates: 29°23′30″N 99°01′48″W / 29.39167°N 99.03000°W / 29.39167; -99.03000
Country United States
State Texas
County Medina
Elevation 843 ft (257 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-60116[1]
GNIS feature ID 1380905[2]

Quihi is a ghost town in Medina County, in the U.S. state of Texas. Located 9 miles (14 km) north of Hondo, it sits at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 2676 and Quihi Creek. In 1936, Quihi received centennial marker Number 5537, a gray granite marker placed to commemorate the Texas Centennial.[3]

Establishment[edit]

In 1845, Henri Castro laid out the town on Quihi Lake.[4] The first of Castro's colony's families who arrived in 1846 were from the Alsace region.

One week after their arrival, the colonists tried to fortify the settlement against Indian depredations, but were targets of repeated incidents until the 1870s.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church was established in 1852,[5] and a private school opened in 1856.

Post office[edit]

Louis Bohle was the first postmaster when the Quihi post office was established in 1854. The post office was discontinued in 1872, and the mail routed to New Fountain.[6]

20th and 21st centuries[edit]

The Quihi Schützen Verein (marksmen club) was established in 1890. The club is still active but renamed the Quihi Gun Club and claiming a county-wide membership of upwards of 1,000.

The Quihi population has fluctuated over the years, but has remained small.

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. ^ "THC-Quihi". Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Odintz, Mark. "TSHA-Quihi, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bethlehem Luthern Church". Medina County Historical Society. Retrieved 19 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Medina County Post Offices". Jim Wheat. Retrieved 19 February 2011.