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ZODIAC, TEXAS
AKA Rocky Hill, Texas

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Gillespie County, Texas Hill Country

About 4 Miles W of Fredericksburg
On the Pedernales River
Population: 0


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Gillespie County Tx - Site of Zodiac, aka Rocky Hill, TX
Zodiac
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2011

History in a Pecan Shell

Zodiac was a community of 200 led by Mormon elder Lyman Wight. Frederickburgís 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.
Gillespie County Tx - Site of Zodiac centennial marker close up
Site of Zodiac Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2011
Centennial Marker:

Site of Zodiac

A Mormon settlement. Established in 1847 by 150 Mormons under the leadership of Lyman Wight (1796-1858). Abandoned in 1851 after floods destroyed their mill.
Gillespie County Tx - Site of Zodiac centennial marker

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2011
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