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DOSS, TEXAS

Gillespie County, Texas Hill Country
FM 783
14 miles NW of Harper
19 miles NW of Fredericksburg

Population 75 (2000)

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Doss Texas landscape and catfish heads
Catfish Heads
Photo courtesy Justin Parson, January 2006
History in a Pecan Shell

Founded by the industrious Doss Brothers (Tom and John) in 1849, the community's first enterprises were a gristmill and distillery. The brothers also built a dam on Threadgill Creek and built a sawmill. In 1864 August Steiness bought the brothers out and started a post office in his house. Steiness died in 1866 and William F. Lange, came into possession of the property. The dam was expanded but later washed out in a flood. In 1875 a stone dam was constructed.
Doss Texas post office
The Doss Post Office
Photo courtesy Justin Parson, January 2006
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In 1898 a post office was opened in the store of F. W. Lange and the town was briefly known as Lange's Mill. The name Doss was assumed in 1907 when the post office moved two miles north.

Doss' population seems never to have reached 100. In 1925 it was 50 and seven years later it had only increased by 10. In 1964 it was down to a mere 22, but rebounded to 75 by 1972 - the number that continues to be used on the state map.
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Doss, Texas
St. Peter Lutheran Church
Photo courtesy Justin Parson, January 2006
St. Peter Lutheran Church historical marker, Doss, Texas
St. Peter Lutheran Church historical marker
Photo courtesy Justin Parson, January 2006
St. Peter Lutheran Church, Doss, Texas
St. Peter Lutheran Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson , March 2003
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