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HUNTER, TEXAS

Comal County, Texas Hill Country
FM 1102 and 2439
(not on the official highway map)
8 miles North of New Braunfels

Population: est. 50 (dispersed)

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Railroad bridge in Hunter, Texas
The MKT Bridge over York Creek at Hunter, Texas
TE photo, September 2001
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History in a Pecan Shell

A timeline of Historic events in Hunter's history:

1867: Andrew Jackson Hunter, settled nearby to raise cotton
1880: the International and Great Northern Railroad railroad arrives and the town is established
1883: a post office opened there in the general store. A.J. Hunter dies
1884: population reaches 60 and Hunter has a store, gin, saloon as well as the post office
1890: the population reaches 200 and the community included two saloons, a blacksmith, a wagon maker, gin and gristmill.
1894: Edward House, A.J. Hunter's son-in-law, forms a partnership with Harry Landa of New Braunfels (Landa Park) Landa buys House's interest in the gin.
1896: Hunter has 200 residents, and a doctor
1901:The Missouri, Kansas and Texas line builds through Hunter.
1949: School consolidation takes Hunter's 10 pupils to New Braunfels
1953: Post office closes and mail thereafter comes from New Braunfels
Riley's Tavern, Hunter, Texas
Riley's Tavern
TE photo, September 2001
Riley's Tavern was Hunter's oldest business and served as the center of activity in Hunter. It's location made it a handy place to rest while waiting for the extremely long trains that pass by.

Hunter has a large manufacturer of concrete products, just south of town. Many employees commute from Buda and New Braunfels.

Hunter Texas in the 20s and 30s -
A Memoir by Pablo L. Sanchez - next page

Vintage photos courtesy Paul O. Sanchez

Hunter Texas Forum

  • Subject: Hunter, Texas
    My father put some personal memories together about his childhood in Hunter. My grandfather owned as a residence what is now known as Riley's Tavern. My grandfather bought that house on 1/23/25, and lived there until 1930. Other family lived there in the early 30's. Later it was leased to the Riley family for $4 per month, and eventually Curtis Riley bought it on 11/23/42.

    I can't tell how proud I am of my family. I sometimes envy my father because he has lived through an era that Americanism was at it's height, when the greatness of this country was being developed and made up of so many different nationalities. That era gave birth to many with such moral fiber and integrity, which doesn't exist in many today. No doubt, there are many stories like this. It took this type of American to go to war and fight for their country, against all odds. I have been in the military myself, and I can tell you things are different today. In any case, I love this country and would not change anything. - Paul O. Sanchez C.P.A., July 22, 2005

  • Riley's Tavern is actually alive and well. I should know, I tilt back more than my fair share of cold ones there every week. Riley's Tavern, located at 8894 FM 1102 in Hunter has an extensive following and patrons from all over Central Texas. - B. McClung


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