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BERGHEIM, TEXAS

Kendall County, Texas Hill Country
Highway 46 and FM 316
10 Miles NE of Boerne
About 33 Miles W of New Braunfels
Population: 00022 (1990)

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Kendall County Texas 1940s old map
1940s map showing Bergheim & nearby Boerne & New Braunfels
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
History in a Pecan Shell

Andreas Engel, an Austrian immigrant to Texas in 1885 is credited with founding Bergheim, which translates into English as Mountain Home. Engel married and became a storekeeper, opening Bergheim’s first store in 1900. A post office was applied for and was granted in 1901, with Engel serving as postmaster.

A permanent limestone building was constructed in 1903 and remains as the community’s post office in 2009 – still operated by a descendant of Andreas Engel.

Bergheim became a center for cedar fence posts, perhaps the largest in Texas. The store would barter cedar posts for groceries and necessities, providing an income for cedar choppers. These were itinerant workers whose work cleared land while providing fence posts, usually camping out on the properties they worked and then moving on.

The Bergheim store and post office received a state historical marker in the 1980s.
Bergheim Texas Post Office
Bergheim Post Office. TE photo, February 2009
Bergheim Texas Post Office & General Store
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A resident of Bergheim. TE photo. More Texas Animals
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