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DRIFTWOOD, TEXAS

Hays County, Texas Hill Country
FM 150
30 miles SW of Austin
5 miles S of Dripping Springs
12 miles W of Buda
15 miles NW of Kyle
17 miles NW of San Marcos
16 miles NE of Wimberley

Population: 21 (2000)


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Driftwood has always been a quiet place. Too quiet for many; just right for a few. This is a part of Texas where (depending on gasoline prices) aimless driving is a recreational activity. Driftwood never fails to produce feelings of discovery when it first comes into view.

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Driftwood, Texas store and former gas station
A view of the store from the cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2005
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History in a Pecan Shell

Driftwood’s history does not include how it came by its coastal-sounding name. Even Driftwood’s timeline doesn’t report much in the way of events, occurrences, catastrophes, epidemics, outbreaks, mass suicides, or religious cults relocating here. It seems that Driftwooders would rather read about events than have them. The former Masonic Lodge has been turned into a residence.

1850s: First settlers came to the town that was first called Liberty Hill.
1880s: With an influx of new settlers, Driftwood became a crossroads supply center. The community grew as a result of rail terminals set up at nearby Kyle and Buda.
1890: Driftwood had a post office, school, churches, a gin, and store.
1925: Population drops to 10. The town's highest recorded population was 100.
1945: Driftwood’s school consolidated with Buda's ISD.
1990: The population was twenty-one and this estimate appears on the 2004 map.

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Driftwood Church, Driftwood Texas
Driftwood Church
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
Driftwood Church Historical Marker,  Driftwood Texas
Driftwood Church Historical Marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
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Driftwood Cemtery   Driftwood Texas
Driftwood Cemtery
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
Driftwood Cemtery and Historical Marker,  Driftwood Texas
Driftwood Cemtery
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
Driftwood Cemtery Historical Marker,  Driftwood Texas
Driftwood Cemtery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
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Cactus in Driftwood, Texas
Cactus in Driftwood
TE photo 9-01

Driftwood Area Hotels & Destinations:

Austin Hotels - Austin
Buda Hotels - Buda
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More Destinations:

Dripping Springs | Wimberley | Kyle


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