Tivydale, Texas

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Tivydale, Texas
Unincorporated community
Tivydale is located in Texas
Tivydale is located in the US
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°15′03″N 99°05′58″W / 30.25083°N 99.09944°W / 30.25083; -99.09944Coordinates: 30°15′03″N 99°05′58″W / 30.25083°N 99.09944°W / 30.25083; -99.09944
Country United States
State Texas
County Gillespie
Elevation 1,860 ft (567 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-73160[1]
GNIS feature ID 1379166[2]

Tivydale, Texas is an unincorporated farming and ranching community located in Gillespie County, located 14 miles (23 km) west of Fredericksburg, and was originally known as Bunkesville and Pumpkinville.


On December 15, 1847, a petition was submitted to create Gillespie County. In 1848, the legislature formed Gillespie County from Bexar and Travis counties.

While the signers were overwhelmingly German immigrants, names also on the petition were Castillo, Pena, Munos, and a handful of non-German Anglo names.

Tivydale is named for Joseph Albert Tivy. Born in Canada, and later served as a Texas Ranger, Tivy was an adventurer and entrepreneur. He joined the California Gold Rush, fought in the Civil War, served in legislatures both in California and in Texas, and later became mayor of Kerrville.[3]

Tivy had bought several thousand acres of land in 1847 and 1848 in Gillespie County.[4] Between 1877 and 1885, he sold land in the Pedernales River valley. Capt. Joseph Tivy died in 1892 and is buried on Tivy Mountain on the edge of Kerrville with his wife, one sister and his wife's cat.

The German-music Bunkesville Band was a popular area entertainment.[5]


Tivydale has an active schützenbund (shooting club) and participates in the annual Gillespie County Bundes Schützenfest. The event includes crowning of one or more Schützenkönigs (shooting kings), a parade and a Saengerfest[6]


  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. ^ "Captain Joseph A. Tivy". Texas Historical Markers. William Nienke, Sam Morrow. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Texas General Land Office title searches
  5. ^ Kohout, Martin Donell. "Tivydale, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Schützenfest Returns For 115th Year July 31, 2010". Fredericksburg Standard. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 

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