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    BLUFF, TEXAS

    Bandera County, Texas Hill Country
    On Wallace Creek and State Highway 16
    About 19 Miles NW of Bandera
    Population: Unknown

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    “Bigfoot” Wallace, namesake of the creek (and Bigfoot, Texas) was one of the first people to settle the site. The community grew up around a sawmill built in 1873.

    By the mid 1890s a school had been built for the children of the region. The fifty students were taught by a single teacher. A fire destroyed the school in 1899 and it was built overlooking Wallace Creek. (All the better for the students to daydream.)

    The community store had a post office granted to it in 1906 but since a name was required, the postmaster submitted Bluff. The name prior to the opening of the post office is unknown.

    Although the population was only 20, it appeared on maps. The post office closed in 1930 – an early victim to the Great Depression. Medina schools absorbed the one in Bluff.

    As late as 1948 the town had at least one business and a population of 25. No further estimates are available.
    Bandera County TX 1920s Map
    Bandera County 1920s Map showing Bluff (NW of Bandera)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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