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HARPER, TEXAS

Gillespie County, Hill Country

Hwy 290 and FM 783
23 miles W of Fredericksburg
103 miles W of Austin
85 miles NW of San Antonio via I-10
Population: 1,218 (2010)

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Harper city park with cabin
Harper's City Park
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History in a Pecan Shell

This is the site of the McDonald Massacre of 1864. A historic marker is just south of 290 and just west of the park tells the story. This incident involved the Kiowas who kidnapped five family members and killed two. Not a massacre by Hollywood standards, but it was certainly distressing to the McDonald family. The family was reunited after the Kiowas exchanged them near the Oklahoma border.
St. James Lutheran Church in Harper, Texas

St. James Lutheran Church in Harper
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2004

First Methodist Church Harper Texas

First Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2004

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"Bones" An East Texan in The Hill Country
home made ice cream sign
Signs Too
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Harper, Texas Area Deatinations:
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