Hye, Texas

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Hye, Texas
Hye General Store & Post Office (c. 1886)
Hye General Store & Post Office (c. 1886)
Hye, Texas is located in Texas
Hye, Texas
Hye, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Hye, Texas is located in the United States
Hye, Texas
Hye, Texas
Hye, Texas (the United States)
Coordinates: 30°14′33″N 98°34′12″W / 30.24250°N 98.57000°W / 30.24250; -98.57000Coordinates: 30°14′33″N 98°34′12″W / 30.24250°N 98.57000°W / 30.24250; -98.57000
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyBlanco
Elevation
1,453 ft (443 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
78635
Area code830
FIPS code48-35648[1]
GNIS feature ID1378475[2]

Hye is an unincorporated community in western Blanco County, Texas, United States. According to the Handbook of Texas, the community had a population of 105 in 2000. Hye is part of the Texas-German belt and in very conservative rural Texas.

History[edit]

The first settlers came to the area in 1860 when several farmers and ranchers moved to Rocky Creek, located three miles east of the community. It continued to grow when German and Anglo settlers came to the area throughout the 1860s and 70s. Hiram ("Hye") G. Brown and his parents settled in the Rocky Creek area of Blanco County, circa 1872. He constructed a small store and house near the Pedernales River on the Austin-Fredericksburg road. Brown was appointed postmaster upon getting a post office established in his store on April 17, 1886. The post office was named Hye for him. The establishment of the post office drew other businesses to the area, eventually bringing in a grist mill, a blacksmith shop, and a cotton gin. In 1904, Brown erected a new building for the store and post office. In 1965, on the porch of the Hye post office, Lyndon B. Johnson swore in Lawrence F. O'Brien as United States Postmaster General. Johnson's boyhood home is located nearby and is reported to be where he mailed his first letter at the post office when he was just four years old. The community's population was 200 during the 1920s and 30s, dropped to 50 during World War II, grew to 90 in 1947, its zenith of 140 in 1968, and settled at 105 from 1970 through 2000.[3]

In 1966, the Hye General Store and Post Office was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, marker number 2607.[4]

The Garrison Brothers Distillery also operates in the community.

Geography[edit]

Hye lies along U.S. Route 290 near the Gillespie County line, 10 mi (16 km) west of Johnson City, the county seat of Blanco County.[3] It is also located 60 mi (97 km) west of Austin and 20 mi (32 km) east of Fredericksburg.[5]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hye has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]

Education[edit]

Hye is served by the Johnson City Independent School District.

Garrison Brothers Stillhouse in Hye

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b Bruhn, Richard. "Hye, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  4. ^ "THC-Hye General Store and Post Office". Recorded Texas Historic Marker. Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Hye, Texas". Texas Escapes Online Magazine. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Hye, Texas

External links[edit]

Media related to Hye, Texas at Wikimedia Commons