in a Pecan Shell
Zodiac was a community of 200 led by Mormon
elder Lyman Wright. Frederickburg’s German leader John Meusebach granted permission
to the group in the 1840s.
This group built the first gristmill / sawmill
in Gillespie County and aided in the construction of nearby Ft. Martin Scott.
The 1850 census reported a population of around 160.
Discouraged by a
flood that tore out the mills in 1853, the townsfolk left for greener pastures,
leaving behind only a small cemetery. The abandonment of the community left a
void that was quickly filled by arriving German and Anglo immigrants.
A local school named Rocky Hill was constructed in the 1880s and the community
that grew around it adopted the name.
Today a Texas Centennial marker
and the Mormon cemetery are all that are left of Zodiac.
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Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories,
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