Valley Spring, Texas

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Valley Spring is an unincorporated community in Llano County, Texas, United States. According to the Handbook of Texas, the community had an estimated population of 50 in 2000.[1]

Geography[edit]

Valley Spring is located at 30°51′34″N 98°49′02″W / 30.85944°N 98.81722°W / 30.85944; -98.81722 (30.8593408, -98.8172650). It is situated along State Highway 71 in northwestern Llano County, approximately 12 miles northwest of Llano.[2]

History[edit]

The area was originally settled by the O.C.J. Phillips family in 1854 and was known as Phillips Ranch in the early years. Phillips son, W.O., established a cotton gin and sawmill on the ranch in 1860. Locals started referring to the community as Whistleville after the mill's summoning work whistle.[2] Less than a mile from Whistleville, Davie Owen opened a competing mill and gin. The community surrounding Owen's mill was known as Bugscuffle. When a post office was established in 1878, it was located at the Bugscuffle establishment, which was renamed Valley Spring[3] after the area's terrain and numerous springs.[1] Four years later, the stage route from Llano to Brady was changed in 1882 and Mr. Owen built a store on the new route at the present-day site of Valley Spring.

The population had reached 100 by the 1930s, but had declined to 50 by the late 1960s. It remained at level through 2000.[1] Although it is unincorporated, Valley Spring has a post office, with the ZIP code of 76885.[4]

Education[edit]

Public education in the community of Valley Spring is provided by the Llano Independent School District. Zoned campuses include Llano Elementary School (grades PK-5), Llano Junior High School (grades 6-8), and Llano High School [1] (grades 9-12).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Valley Spring, Texas". The Handbook of Texas online. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Valley Spring, Texas". Texas Escapes Online Magazine. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Valley Spring, TX Relocation Process". Valley Spring Movers US. 2010-01-21. 
  4. ^ Zip Code Lookup

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Coordinates: 30°51′34″N 98°49′02″W / 30.85944°N 98.81722°W / 30.85944; -98.81722