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GARDEN RIDGE, TEXAS

Comal County, Texas Hill Country

29 37' 59" N, 98 17' 57" W (29.633056, -98.299167)
I-35
near Bracken
3 Miles N of Schertz
11 Miles SW of New Braunfels
20 Miles NE of San Antonio
Population: 4,022 Est. 2018
3,259 (2010) 1,882 (2000) 1,450 (1990)

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Garden Ridge,  Texas  - Servtex Railhouse
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008

History on a Pinhead

Garden Ridge has no 19th Century history and very little 20th Century history. In 1972 the town was incorporated, becoming the first new town in 127 years.

From the original population of 230, it grew to 647 for the 1980 census and 1,450 for the 1990 count. The 2008 state map shows a population of 1,882.



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Garden Ridge, Texas Servtex Entrance
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
Garden Ridge, Texas Servtex building
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
Garden Ridge, Texas Servtex garage
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008

The second largest bat colony in the world west of Bracken

Saltpeter and Bat Bombs by Clay Coppedge

Texas has millions and millions of bats and hundreds of bat caves. Bracken Cave, near San Antonio, is home to 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats every summer. It's the largest Mexican free-tailed bat colony in the world that's open to the public. The second largest such bat colony in the world is west of Bracken, near Concan in Uvalde County, where the Frio Cave is home to another 10 million or so bats.

These two caves and as many as a couple of dozen others in Texas became defacto ammunition plants during the Civil War because 30 million bats produce an awful lot of guano, which produces a lot of gunpowder, which the Confederacy needed in the worst way after a Union blockade cut off supplies of gunpowder and everything else... more

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  • Near Garden Ridge, located in Comal County, is the famous Bracken Bat Cave, which is opening up for tours for the first time in many years. - Thanks, Hilda (Holly) Hilpert, April 04, 2012

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