Williams Creek School (Gillespie County, Texas)

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Williams Creek School
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Williams Creek School is located in Texas
Williams Creek School
Williams Creek School
Location 5501 South Ranch to Market Road 1623, Gillespie County, Texas
Coordinates 30°11′45″N 98°36′01″W / 30.19583°N 98.60028°W / 30.19583; -98.60028Coordinates: 30°11′45″N 98°36′01″W / 30.19583°N 98.60028°W / 30.19583; -98.60028
Area 20 acres (8.1 ha)
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 05000384[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 6, 2005
Designated RTHL 2002

Williams Creek School is located at 5501 South Ranch to Market Road 1623 in Gillespie County, in the U.S. state of Texas. Although now consolidated with the community of Stonewall, the school is actually located south of there in the ghost town of Albert. It was established in 1891 as the Albert School, and was originally a log cabin on Williams Creek. Six years later, it was moved farther from the creek onto a larger piece of land. A new building was constructed of native limestone.[2]

Up until World War I, classes were taught exclusively in the German language. The war brought a new law that not only required all classes, except foreign languages, to be in English, but also banned the use of German on school property. During the 1920–1921 school year, Lyndon B. Johnson was an 8th grade student in the one-room school.[3] An additional room was added in 1922 to accommodate expanded enrollment. The school was consolidated with Stonewall in 1950.

The building is now used as a community center. The school was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 2002.[4] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Gillespie County, Texas on May 6, 2005.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Williams Creek School". Friends of Gillespie County Schools. Retrieved December 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ Woods, Randall Bennett (2007). LBJ: Architect of American Ambition. Harvard University Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-674-02699-5. 
  4. ^ "RTHL Williams Creek School". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved December 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "NRHP Williams Creek School". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved December 25, 2012. 

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