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Gillespie County, Texas Hill Country

FM 1623
On Williams Creek
1 Mile W of the Blanco County Line
16 Miles SE of Fredericksburg the county seat
SE of Stonewall
Population: (Estimated at 25 since 1972)

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Albert Texas city limit
Albert city limits on FM 1623.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, November 2007
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History in a Pecan Shell

Settlers from Fredericksburg moved here around 1877 in search of greener pastures for their livestock. The town was originally named Martinsburg and was on the Blanco-Fredericksburg stage line.

Martinsburg had a post office from 1877 to 1886, when the mail was rerouted through Hye in Blanco County. But when Albert Luckenbach, (see Luckenbach, Texas) moved here after selling his store there, he applied for a post office under his first name. It was approved in 1892. In a rare switch of priorities, Albert got its post office five years before it opened its first store (1897).

A new school replaced an earlier building in 1900. Lyndon Baines Johnson was a student here, albeit for only one year. From 50 residents in 1925, it reached rock-bottom in the mid 1960s with only four residents. In the early 1970s when Luckenbach was finally being appreciated as an endangered Hill Country “lifestyle,” Albert, Texas had increased its population to 25. The store was demolished in the 1980s, and the old school put to another use.

The population figure of 25 has been in use ever since and the 13-acre town became a single property. In November of 2007, the town was put up for auction with a minimum acceptance price of 2.5 million.

On November 24th, 2007, it was reported that "someone in Italy" had won the town with a bid of $3.8 million.

Albert TX - Albert Dance Hall
Albert Dance Hall
Photo courtesy Michael Barr, June 2019
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Albert TX - Albert Ice House
Albert Ice House
Photo courtesy Michael Barr, June 2019

Drinking Beer Under the Trees at Albert by Michael Barr

A hot summer day in the Texas Hill Country can give Lucifer a heat rash, but in Albert, where the beer is cold, the music is lively and a gentle breeze stirs the air under the giant oak trees behind the Albert icehouse, even a sultry Texas afternoon can be downright pleasant.... more

Williams Creek School in Albert Texas
The Williams Creek School, aka the Albert School, was once attended by a young Lyndon B. Johnson
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
- Terry Jeanson, November 2007 photo

Williams Creek School historical marker, Albert
Williams Creek School Marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, November 2007
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Historical Marker: 5501 South RR 1623

Williams Creek School

Established to serve the rural Albert community, the Williams Creek School, also known as the Albert School, began in 1890-91 near the creek. In 1897, trustees approved construction of a stone schoolhouse at this site. They enlarged the school to two rooms in 1922, constructing a frame addition clad in brick-faced metal siding. A dogtrot separates the two main rooms, and the original bell tower became a central feature. For one year, the young Lyndon Baines Johnson, an area native, attended the school, which merged with Stonewall in 1950, and the building has since provided space for a community club, which meets regularly, as well as other local events.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2002

Downtown Albert Texas
Downtown Albert
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, November 2007

Albert Texas visitors
Riders of beast and machine congregate in Albert most weekends.
- Terry Jeanson, November 2007 photo

Albert Texas Home
Albert Texas scene
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, November 2007

Albert Texas sign: populaton 4
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, November 2007

[Drinking Beer Under the Trees at Albert by Michael Barr]

Historical Marker: 6141 South Ranch Road

Wilke Cemetery at Albert, Texas

This burial ground served the rural community of Albert (originally Martinsburg), which was named for Albert Luckenbach, who opened a new post office in the town in 1892. Blacksmith and rancher Friedrich August Wilke, Sr., a native of Germany, conveyed this property for cemetery use in 1907. The first burial was of Constantine A. Kleinert (1892 - 1894), who was reinterred from a ranch that year. Cemetery features include interior fencing, Masonic gravestones and extensive curbing. In 1980, the Wilke Cemetery of Albert, Texas Association formed. Today, the cemetery association continues to maintain the burial ground, which as a vestige of the Albert Community, serves as a reminder of the area’s early pioneers.

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Gillespie  County TX 1920s Map
Gillespie County 1920s map showing Albert SE of Stonewall,
near Blanco County line
From Texas state map #10749
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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