Eckert, Texas

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Eckert, Texas
Eckert, Texas is located in Texas
Eckert, Texas
Eckert, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°24′52″N 98°44′12″W / 30.41444°N 98.73667°W / 30.41444; -98.73667Coordinates: 30°24′52″N 98°44′12″W / 30.41444°N 98.73667°W / 30.41444; -98.73667
Country United States
State Texas
County Gillespie
Elevation 1,739 ft (530 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-22492[1]
GNIS feature ID 1379698[2]

Eckert is a ghost town, 11.5 miles (18.5 km) northeast of Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, in the U.S. state of Texas. West of Willow City, on FM 1323, Eckert is at the junction of State Highway 16.[3]

White settlers came to the area in 1875 and built Mount Zion, a log church. A small community they named Nebo, after nearby Nebo Mountain 3 miles (4.8 km) north,[4] grew up around the church.

A post office appointment was offered to, and declined by, George W. Graves in 1903. When Wilhelm Rudolph Eckert opened a store in the location in 1903, he became the first postmaster of Eckert. At his request, Nebo was renamed Eckert.[5]

The population peaked in 1925 at 100, but is today a ghost town.[6] It does not have a zip code of its own, but shares the Willow City zip code. The small Eckert Cemetery lies just north of the community.[7]

Further reading[edit]

  • Baker, T. Lindsay (1991). Ghost Towns of Texas. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-2189-5. 
  • Baker, T. Lindsay (2005). More Ghost Towns of Texas. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3724-7. 

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. ^ Kohout, Martin Donell. "Eckert, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nebo Mountain". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Gillespie County Postmasters". Jim Wheat. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Escapes-Eckert, Texas". Texas Escapes. Texas Escapes – Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Eckert Cemetery". Find A Grave. Retrieved 10 February 2011.