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TWIN SISTERS, TEXAS

Blanco County, Texas Hill Country
Hwy 281 & FM 473
7 miles S of Blanco
21 miles S of Johnson City
40 miles SE of Fredericksburg
34 miles W of San Marcos
40 miles N of San Antonio
Population: 78 (estimated)

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St. Mary's Chapel and cemetery, Twin Sisters, Texas
St. Mary's Chapel & Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2004

My Town: Twin Sisters
"What I know about the community of Twin Sisters Texas"

by Johon Haas

Joel Cheery homesteaded on the Little Blanco river about four miles up stream from where Twin Sisters is now located on US 281. The community he settled was known as Middle Town, Texas since it was halfway between San Antonio and Fredricksburg.

The township was surveyed out where the Little Blanco river and Cherry Creek come together. (That is now private property.) The town consisted of a general store, a livery stable, a hotel and a couple of houses. All of this was burned down by some outlaws after they robbed the general store and shot and killed Joel Cherry and his wife some time in the early 1860ís. All that remains of the town now are the survey stakes that lay out the streets and roadway that ran from San Antonio to Fredricksburg. There is still a map of the town registered in Comal County.

Shortly after Middle Town was destroyed Max Kruger started the community of Twin Sisters. He built a general store that is still standing as a private residence. The general store also served as a post office and the basement served as a jail. In the late 1860s Max Kruger and some men in the community including my Great Grandfather got together and built St. Maryís Catholic church and the Twin Sisters School house just down the river from the general store. Both buildings are still standing and still in use. The school is the meetinghouse for the Sons of Hermann Lodge and the church has a mass there once a year on All Saints Day. These two buildings are on the same piece of land about fifty yards apart. The churchyard is now a cemetery and my Great Grandfather was the first person to be buried there. All my relatives are buried there and I have a plot with my headstone already in place.

Mr. Kruger was responsible for building a dance hall and community center along with a bowling alley in 1869 that opened to the public in January 1870. These buildings were named The Twin Sister Hall and Bowling Alley. In 1967 the bowling alley burned to the ground and was later rebuilt in Spring Branch Texas. The Twin Sisters Dance Hall still serves to this day as a community center for weddings, family functions, fundraisers for charity, etc. The dance hall is now owned and operated by The Twin Sister Hall Club, Inc. a non-profit organization that still to this day has a dance their on the first Saturday of the month to keep the hall open and operating. The hall features live bands and is open to the public. The Twin Sister Hall could be the oldest dance hall in Texas but was called a community center instead of a dance hall in the beginning. So, if you are ever in this part of the world on the first Saturday night of the month drop in and have a good time the old fashioned-way with the family. All ages are welcome and children under six get in free.

Right in the middle of the community of Twin Sisters on US 281 is a store called Little Blanco Antiques that has real bargains for the antique lover on weekends. You can even buy a live miniature horse at the old general store. Twin Sisters Population is about 20 or so and I am proud to say I am one of them.

Just ask for Johon.
- Johon Haas, February 2006
Creek at Twin Sisters, Texas
The creek at Twin Sisters
TE Photo
History in a Pecan Shell

Named for a pair of hills, the town dates from 1854 when a man named Joel Cherry homesteaded on the Little Blanco River. By the late 1850s the town had become the center for German settlers in the area. The post office was applied for in 1856 and granted that year, although operations were suspended during the Civil War.

By 1890 Twin Sisters was prospering with a mill, gin and three stores. One man named Kruger became a one-man entertainment committee - opening a store, dance-hall, bowling alley and brewery. Non-legal entertainments like shoot-outs and brawls enlivened the scene, but eventually made Mr. Kruger return to storekeeping.

A severe drought in the 1890s put Kruger and many others out of business. The post office was closed in 1951, and mail was routed through Blanco.
St. Mary's Chapel and Cemetery, Twin Sisters Texas
St. Mary's Chapel and Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2004
Historical Marker Text

Saint Mary's Help of Christians Catholic Church

In 1850s when first Catholic families came to Blanco County, worship was in homes and halls. Land was purchased in 1887. By efforts of Father Virgilius Draessel and people of Twin Sisters, this church was built and dedicated in 1889. Stone for foundation came from quarry about a mile from site. Other building materials came by wagon over 30 miles of rough roads and trails.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1965
Twin Sisters, Texas
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