The MKT Bridge
over York Creek at Hunter, Texas
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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.
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
1953: Post office closes and mail thereafter comes from New
Texas in the 20s and 30s ]
8894 FM 1102
TE photo, September 2001
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.
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,
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
County 1940s map showing Hunter
near Hays and Guadalupe
From Texas state map #4335
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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