Rheingold School (Gillespie County, Texas)

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Rheingold School
Rheingold School is located in Texas
Rheingold School
Rheingold School
Location Gillespie County, Texas
Coordinates 30°20′42″N 98°41′13″W / 30.34500°N 98.68694°W / 30.34500; -98.68694Coordinates: 30°20′42″N 98°41′13″W / 30.34500°N 98.68694°W / 30.34500; -98.68694
Governing body Local government
NRHP Reference # 5000388[1]
Added to NRHP May 6, 2005

Rheingold School is located at 334 Rheingold School Road, in Gillespie County, Texas. In 1949, the school was consolidated with Fredericksburg Independent School District. The building is now used as a community center. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas on May 6, 2005.

Community background[edit]

The Rheingold community was founded in 1859 on North Grape Creek, 13.5 miles (21.7 km) northeast of Fredericksburg. Colonists included Heinrich Herbert, Gottfried Ottmers, Conrad Bock, Peter Herber, Heinrich Eckhardt,[2] and Peter Fahrenhorst. The settlement became known as Rheingold, because the majority land and business owners were the widows and sons of German immigrants Jacob and Peter Gold, victims of a cholera epidemic. At one time, Rheingold had a general store, cotton gin, dance hall, blacksmith shop and a gasoline service station, most of it owned by the Gold family.[3] William Grobe was the postmaster when the community received a post office under the name Rheingold in 1878. The post office continued under the original name of Rheingold until 1907, when the mail service was transferred to Willow City. The original name of Rheingold was officially shortened to Gold when the area received a new post office in 1908. The Gold post office was discontinued in 1931, and the community received its mail from Johnson City.[4]


In 1873, William Gold[5] donated 2 acres (0.01 km2; 0.00 sq mi) of land to accommodate the need for a school for the community's children. Labor and materials for the schoolhouse came from area families. The first structure was a 12' x 14' log house. A replacement frame schoolhouse was later built. The school had an indoor wood stove for heat, and separate outhouses for girls and boys. The water supply came from a hand pump in the yard. August Schuchard was the first teacher, who taught grades 1 through 8. The school was tuition free for the first six months, but required a payment of tuition if the student continued to the end of the school year.[6]

The school was consolidated with the Fredericksburg Independent School District in 1949. Rheingold School was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas on May 6, 2005.[7] The building is now used as a community center.[8]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Heinrich Eckhardt Sr at Find a Grave
  3. ^ Kohout, Martin Donell. "Gold, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Gillespie County Postmasters". Jim Wheat. Retrieved 7 February 2011. Jim Wheat
  5. ^ William Gold at Find a Grave
  6. ^ "History Rheingold School". Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "NRHP-Lower South Grape Creek School". U.S. Dept. of Interior, the National Park Service. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "THC Rheingold School". Texas State Historical Commission. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 

External links[edit]

Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools