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
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.
| 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.
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