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    HEDWIGS HILL, TEXAS
    AKA Hedwig's, Hedwig Hill

    Texas Ghost Town
    Mason County, Texas Hill Country
    Just off Interstate Highway 87
    5 Miles S of Art
    9.4 Miles SE of Mason
    About 33 Miles NW of Fredericksburg

    Population: 0010 (2000)

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    Anna Martin & Sons General Merchandise
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    History in a Pecan Shell

    As Fredericksburg became saturated with settlers in the 1850s, many left the safety of the populated areas and moved into Mason County. Two of these German settlers were Christopher Voges and Louis Martin who moved their families here in the late 1850s.

    The community took its name from either the mother or daughter of Louis Martin – since both were named Hedwig. The town is generally considered to be one of, if not the oldest community in Mason County.

    The community received a post office in June of 1858 with Louis as postmaster. A store opened around that same time run by Charles Martin (nephew of Louis) and his wife. In addition to the store, the couple had a freighting business with Austin and San Antonio.

    In 1870 a Methodist Episcopal church was established – one of three that once served the community and environs. A school opened in the late 1800s.

    The community had the dubious distinction of being one of the earliest communities to fall victim to improved roads which facilitated travel – eclipsing the importance of way station communities.

    The Hedwigs Hill post office closed in 1907 and the population was first reported as 10 in the 1930s. In the 1960s the community roared to life, reporting 63 residents.

    The house of Louis Martin has been relocated to Lubbock as part of the Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University.

    By the mid 1970s the population reached it’s high-water mark of 85 but returned back to 10 for the 1990 census.
    Mason County Texas 1907 Postal map
    Mason County 1907 Postal map showing Hedwig Hill
    (Below "S" in "MASON")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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