preserving the past to
enrich the future ....
Website includes historical information about the former Gillespie County rural schools. Community neighbors and former students are preserving the rich history and places of learning established by the early German settlers. Open houses are held at the former schools throughout the year. All properties are available for special events and tours by request.
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"Cold Beer"Population (2000): 25COL Index (2008): unknown
Elevation: unknownArea: 13 acresCounty: Gillespie
Zip Code: 78671 (Stonewall)Area Code: 830-644Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 30° 11' 38 N, 98° 36' 6.83 W
Location: 1 mi W of Blanco County line in SE part of the county;
16 mi SE of Fredericksburg; 14 mi NW of Blanco; 7 mi SE of Stonewall; 7 mi SW of Hye
Highways: RR 1623Creeks: WilliamsRivers: NoneLakes: None
CITY: Not incorporated
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Nothing formal
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: Hye; Kendalia; Luckenbach; Sisterdale; and Stonewall
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching, Ice House & Dance Hall
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below.
- Albert Texas Ice House & Beer Garden
- Albert Texas Dance Hall
- Williams Creek School House & Community Center
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Hye: Garrison Whisky Distillery; Wineries; Historic Post Office
- Luckenbach: Luckenbach Dance Hall & General Store
- Stonewall: Peaches; Vineyards; Wineries; Lavender; Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm
- Stonewall: LBJ State & National Historical Parks
- Late July: Albert Community Club holds its annual BBQ and fundraiser on Sat at Williams Creek School Bldg, at 4p, with drinks, socializing, live music & dinner.
- ON-GOING EVENTS: Live music every weekend at Albert's Ice House; Picker's Circle every Sat. Scheduled dances at Albert Dance Hall. See www.alberttexas.com
WEATHER: Local Weather (Fredericksburg); Hill Country-wide Weather
- On-Line News: Google News
- Newspapers, Radio/TV, Articles & Videos:
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "The earliest known settlers in the area were George Cauley, Ben White, Sr., and a man named Jacobs. The town dates from 1877, when Fritz Wilke, George Maenius, and John Petri moved from Fredericksburg seeking new grazing lands for their cattle. Wilke, a blacksmith, bought his land from a man named Elmeier, who was murdered in a robbery several years later. The town was originally called Martinsburg after an early settler and was a stop on the Fredericksburg-Blanco stage route. The Martinsburg post office operated from 1877 to 1886, when mail was routed through nearby Hye in Blanco County. In 1892, however, Martinsburg got a new post office and a new name, thanks to Albert Luckenbach, who sold his store in Luckenbach, moved to Martinsburg, and opened a new post office, which he registered as Albert. The first local school was established in 1891, and in 1897 postmaster Otto Schumann opened the town's first store. The Albert Echo, a singing society, was founded the following year. In 1900 a new school building was erected; there the young Lyndon Baines Johnson was enrolled for a year. A local Lutheran mission was established in 1902 and eventually grew into what was often called the Lutheran Church of Stonewall, which Johnson attended. Albert had fifty residents in 1925, four in 1964, and twenty-five in 1972. By 1985 the store had been torn down, the school was a community club, and the town's dance hall was partitioned and used for storage; Albert still had twenty-five residents and two businesses. The reported population in 1990 and again in 2000 was twenty-five."
See Wikipedia: "The area was first settled by George Cauley, Ben White, Sr., and a man named Jacobs. Around 1877, blacksmith Fritz Wilke, George Maenius, and John Petri moved from Fredericksburg seeking pasture for their cattle. Wilke bought land from a man named Elmeier, who was robbed and murdered years later. The Martinsburg post office operated from 1877 to 1886. In 1892, Martinsburg got a new post office and a new name, after Albert Luckenbach sold his store in Luckenbach, and arrived to register a new post office in town, under the name Albert. A school was established in 1891, and in 1897 postmaster Otto Schumann opened the town's first store. In 1900 a new school building was erected where Lyndon Baines Johnson was briefly enrolled. A local Lutheran mission, the Lutheran Church of Stonewall, was established in 1902 which LBJ attended.
The town was a stop on the Fredericksburg-Blanco stage route and in 1967 became a stop on the President's Ranch Trail. In late October 2007, the town was put up for sale on the auction website eBay.
Albert had 50 residents in 1925, only 4 in 1964, and 25 in 1972. By 1985 the store had been torn down, the school converted into a community club, and the dance hall a storage locker, though Albert still had 25 residents and two businesses. The population would stay at 25 through 2000, but by 2007, the town had been all but abandoned. "
PRIOR CITY NAMES: Martinsburg
HISTORICAL MARKERS: See Texas Historical Commission's Historic Sites Atlas: http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us. Includes interactive map plus detailed descriptions of historical markers, cemeteries, museums, all searchable by county.
• Williams Creek School House
CEMETERIES: See THC Historic Sites Atlas above.
• Wilke Cemetery, on RR 1623 just E of the Ice House
AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: no; Convenience Stores: no; Restaurants: no; Lodging: no; Grocery Stores: no; Banks: no; Vehicle Repair: no; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: no; Post Office: no; Public Schools: no; Cemetery: yes
OTHER PROFILES: City Data (not available); ePodunk (not available); Texas Escapes with good photos; Travel Texas (not available); Wikipedia
NOTE: The Albert Ice House is the only business here and is "the town". It is a very popular biker destination because of the remote setting, huge oak trees, music and "cold beer". It is adjacent to the 85 year old Albert Dance Hall (which remains intact) and the historical school referenced above. Pecan and peach trees in area. The entire town of 13 acres is one property.
NOTE: Postal addresses carry the name of the nearby post office in Stonewall.
We welcome inquiries, comments and submission of updates, additions, corrections
& digital photos, without compensation. Send to:
BUSINESS AND ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY-CASH REWARD: 830-997-8477; or text keyword "TIP 830 and your tip" to 274637; or click: Stoppers
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: Click: Gillespie County Government Offices
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
click: Texas & Federal Government Offices
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.
ALBERT COMMUNITY CLUB: 830-644-2651; Ada Wilke, President. Meets at Williams Creek School house.
ALBERT TEXAS ICE HOUSE & BEER GARDEN: 830-644-2042; 5435 S RR 1623, Stonewall, TX 78671 (postal address, but it is actually in Albert). See details above. www.alberttexas.com
ALBERT TEXAS DANCE HALL: 830-644-2042; 5435 S RR 1623, Stonewall, TX 78671. See details above.
PAW AND ORDER C.I.: 830-992-0594; 855-282-1296; 1908 Lower Albert Rd, Albert, TX 78671. Dog Trainer
(HISTORIC) WILLIAMS CREEK SCHOOL HOUSE: 830-644-2651; 5501 S RR 1623, Albert, TX 78671.
This historic limestone schoolhouse was built in 1897 and consolidated with Fredericksburg in 1950. Future President Lyndon B. Johnson attended in 1921. From the historical marker: "Established to serve the rural Albert community. the Williams Creek School, also known as the Albert School, began in 1890-91 near the creek in 1897. Trustees approved construction of a stone schoolhouse at this site. They enlarged the school to two rooms in 1922, constructing a frame addition clad in brick-faced metal siding. A dogtrot separates the two main rooms and the original bell tower became a central feature. For one year, the young Lyndon Baines Johnson, an area native, attended the school, which merged with Stonewall in 1950, and the building has since provided space for a community club, which meets regularly, as well as other local events." Now also serves as the Community Center and can be rented for social functions. See more details above in History and Marker sections. See Gillespie County Historic Schools Profile including town and school history and pictures. Facebook
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