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CRABAPPLE, TEXAS

Ghost Town
Gillespie County, Texas Hill Country
FM 965
88 miles West of Austin
86 miles NW of San Antonio
10 miles North of Fredericksburg
9 miles West of Hwy 16 from Eckert
Population: dispersed

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Crabapple Creek

Crabapple Creek on Crabapple Cemetery Road

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The Crabapple Community today consists of the church, community building, brush arbor and one other structure. Isolated and off the beaten path, it makes for an excellent picnic spot.
 
St. John's Lutheran Church c. 1867  

A dirt road just a few yards east of the buildings (marked Crabapple Cemetery Road) takes you (south) across Crabapple Creek and eventually to the isolated hilltop cemetery pictured here. This road should not be attempted if there has been a recent rain.

If driving from Fredericksburg - continuing on East from Crabapple on Eckert Road you will cross Crabapple Creek several more times before reaching the town of Eckert which is on Hwy 16. Eckert is also a dispersed community with no discernable center.

The Crabapple School
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Crabapple had a school earlier, but the date for this building is given as 1878. The church - St. John's Lutheran - has the date of 1867 carefully etched in a beveled limestone rock. The post office operated from 1894 to 1910.
St. John Cemetery in Crabapple

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The view from St. John Cemetery

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St. John Cemetery

The cemetery has less than 20 graves and consists primarily of just a few families. Although the detailed county map shows a nearby family cemetery with the name of Ottmers - there are several Ottmers buried here as well.

The high step to the gate has been shortened by the practical employment of a tombstone as a step. Judging by the date and names - it appears this stone had been replaced with another - so it's not as disrespectful as it first appears.

John Troesser

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