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GREY FOREST, TEXAS


Bexar County, South Texas

29 37' 1" N, 98 41' 5" W 29.616944, -98.684722

On Scenic Loop Road
One mile E of Highway 16
About 25 miles NW of Downtown San Antonio
ZIP code 78023
Area code 210
Population: 564 Est. (2019)
483 (2010) 418 (2000)

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Grey  Forest Texas volunteer fire department
Grey Forest Volunteer Fire Dept
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008

History on a Pinhead

As a suburb that was formed in the early 1960s, Grey Forest has yet to develop a history other than population figures. The census figues for the community are: 1970: 385, 1980: 442, 1990: 425 and 2000: 418.

Part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Grey  Forest Texas Scenic Loop Playground historical marker

Scenic Loop Playground historical marker
on 18502 Scenic Loop Rd

Photos courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008


Historical Marker:

Scenic Loop Playground

Businessman E.N. Requa developed Scenic Loop Playground on 320 acres north of San Antonio as a rural recreational resort within easy commuting distance from the city. Requa intended the area to be used as a retreat from the stresses of modern life for middle class workers by offering recreational opportunities in a natural scenic setting along the convergence of Lee and Helotes Creeks. Natural features of the area included small lakes used as swimming pools, a lake for boating and fishing, and live oak trees draped with Spanish moss in an area known as Grey Forest. Requa set aside acreage for use by residents as bridle trails, athletic fields, tennis courts and pocket parks.

Scenic Loop Road divided the development into two sections, Unit No. 1, opened for sale to the public in 1929, contained small lots to be used as campsites. One year later, Unit No. 2 opened with larger lot development, offering opportunities for the boarding of horses and other livestock. Many of the structures in the development were built from native materials.

The 1929 Stock Market Crash and ensuing depression slowed Scenic Loop Playground's rate of development. Soon, its character changed from recreational to year-round living. In 1934, Requa signed over common property in the development to the Scenic Loop Playground Club to manage for the benefit of residents. Lodges and lots continued to be sold into the 1940s. Soon, the transformation of the former recreational area into a rural community was complete, and in 1962, Scenic Loop Playground incorporated as the City of Grey Forest.
(2007)

Grey  Forest Texas caboose
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008

Photographer's Note
Grey Forest Scenes:

Next to an old house, I found these trains... There is no train tracks anywhere close. - Stephen Michaels, January 09, 2008

Grey  Forest Texas caboose
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008

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Grey Forest, Texas Nearby Towns:
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