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Church in Pipe Creek
TE photo, August 2006
in a Pecan Shell
Named after the local creek of the same name, Pipe Creek was settled
around 1868 with Francis Marion Hodges noted as the first resident.
Seventy families are said to have moved to the community in its first
ten years. A post office was granted in 1873. By 1880 the population
was near 100 and Pipe Creek was a stagestop between San
Antonio and Bandera.
A public school was built near the cemetery in 1881 and the school
also served as a church for several denominations. Pipe Creek's store
had a telephone installed in 1908 and a second school opened in 1913.
Both schools merged in 1924 when the population fell to just 25 people.
When electrical service was introduced in the 1930s, the town's population
incresed, reaching 150 by the beginning of WWII.
After the war, a new school was built in 1948, but two years later
it merged with Bandera schools.
The population was 220 through the 50s and 60s, even as many subdivisions
built around the town proper. By the 1970s, only 66 people were left
- the same number that is used for the 2000 census.
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