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DOSS, Texas

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Population (2000): 225
Elevation: 1,729 ftArea: undefined smCounty: Gillespie
Zip Code: 78618Area Code: 830-669Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: Lat 30.445°, Long -99.131°
Location: In NW part of county;
Highways: RR-648, RR-783Creeks: Mormon, Squaw, ThreadgillRivers:Lakes:


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

CITY: Unincorporated Doos Highway Sign

CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Nothing formal

NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 9 mi SW of Cherry Spring, NE of Divide (SW), 19 mi NW of Fredericksburg, 12 mi NW of Hilltop (E), 15 mi NE of Harper, 26 mi S of Mason, 15 mi NE of Mountain Home, 32 mi W of Segovia

PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching Doss Country Store

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS:
  • Doss Country Store: 830-669-2160; 14394 RR-783 N, Doss, TX. Gas, burgers, general store, community gathering place, & live music sometimes
NEARBY & HILL COUNTRY-WIDE ATTRACTIONS:
See Attractions.

Some of the very nearby attractions include:
  • Fredericksburg: Historic Fort; Butterfly Ranch; Herb Farm; Theater; Trade Days; Museums; Dulcimers; Historic German Downtown; Jewelry Workshop; Rockbox; Wildseed Farm; Cowboy Ranch
Arial view of Doss PARKS: There are many parks in the greater area as profiled on the Parks page. These nearby parks include:
  • Fredericksburg: Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site & National Museum Of The Pacific War; Enchanted Rock State Natural Area; Lady Bird Municipal Park
EVENT CALENDAR:
  • Mid-May (Sat): Annual Picnic, BBQ, evening program
  • Sep (1st Sat): The Doss Fish Fry: An annual event on Labor Day, this popular VFD fundraiser starts at 5p at Community Center. Enjoy good ol' German "Oompah" music, dance, auction.
Doss VFD For full details on these and nearby events see Festivals & Major Events, Trade Days & Farmers Markets, Live Entertainment, and calendars on our other focus topic pages accessible from the menu above.

WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather

MEDIA COVERAGE: See full details in Directory below.
    Squaw Creek School House
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HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "Doss is on Mormon Creek nineteen miles northwest of Fredericksburg in northwestern Gillespie County. It was founded in 1849 by brothers John E. and Thomas C. Doss, who built a gristmill and distillery on Threadgill Creek in 1856 and later added a dam and sawmill. They sold the dam in 1864 to August Steiness, who tore down the distillery and expanded the gristmill's capabilities.Doss Post Office & General Store A room he added onto the house served for many years as a mail delivery station for the community. After Steiness's death in 1866, his widow sold the mill to William F. Lange, a German immigrant, who built a larger dam. This dam, which was destroyed by a flood, was rebuilt between 1872 and 1875 by stonemason Philip Buchmeyer, and the mill came to be known as Lange's Mill. The Doss school was founded in 1884. A post office called Lange was opened in F. W. Lange's store in 1898, but in 1907 the name was changed to Doss, and the office was moved to what is now the Doss townsite, two miles south of the mill. The population of Doss was estimated at fifty in 1925, sixty in 1933, twenty-two in 1964, and seventy-five from 1972 to 2000. In the 1980s Lange's Mill, two miles north of Doss on Farm Road 783, still stood, along with the dam. Squaw Creek Historical Marker In 1989 Doss was still a predominantly German community and included Lutheran and Baptist churches, a general store, a fire station, and a two-room schoolhouse, the last unconsolidated rural school in Gillespie County and one of only a few such schools remaining in the state. The school in 1989 served twenty-three children in eight grades."

PRIOR CITY NAMES: Lange

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.
Squaw Creek, see on right

CEMETERIES: See THC Historic Sites Atlas above.
  • Lange's Mill Cemetery
AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: yes; Convenience Stores: yes; Restaurants: yes; Lodging: yes; Grocery Stores: no; Banks: no; Vehicle Repair: no; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: no; Post Office: yes; Public Schools: yes; Cemetery:

OTHER PROFILES: City Data (not available); ePodunk (not available); Texas Escapes; Wikipedia

NOTES:
Doss Downtown Looking North

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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY


CHURCHES
St Peter Lutheran Church

SQUAW CREEK PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH:
Doss, TX 78618
www.banneroflove.net/churches/Squaw_Creek_PBC.htm

ST PETER LUTHERAN CHURCH:
830-669-2300
14238 RR-783 N, Doss, TX 78618
www.st-peter-lutheran-church.com/stpeter.html



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EMERGENCIES
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
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Crime Stoppers
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY-CASH REWARD: 830-997-8477; or text keyword "TIP 830 and your tip" to 274637; or click: Stoppers

Doss VFD

DOSS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT: Non-Emergencies: 830-669-2220; POB 31, 14174 RR-783 N, Doss, TX 78618. FB



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LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated

LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: Gillespie County Government Offices

STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
USPO
US POST OFFICE: 830-669-2700; 14112 RR-783 N, Doss, TX 78618-9998. www.usps.com


HOME & RANCH IMPROVEMENT CENTERS, CONSTRUCTION,
MAINTENANCE, REPAIR SERVICES & SUPPLIES



BIERSCHWALE SAW SHOP: 830-669-2276; Doss, TX 78618

DARRELL ARHELGER BUILDERS INC: 830-669-2457; 14394 RR-783 N, Doss TX 78618

FENCE BUILDING CO: 830-669-2518; 14853 RR-783 N, Doss TX 787618

HAHN BULLDOZING & CUSTOM FARMING: 830-669-2413; 7744 RR-648, Doss TX 78618. Excavation Work

LYNDON EDWIN PETSCH: 830-669-2518; 14853 RR-783 N, Doss TX 78618. Contractors

PAINTER WAYNE E: 830-669-2408; N Creek, Doss, TX 78618. Painting and Wall Covering Contractor

PAT JUNG CUSTOM HOMES: 830-669-2265; 153 Woerner Rd, Doss, TX 78618

RALPH RODE: 830-669-2634; 1056 Dreck Strasse, Doss, TX 78618. General Contractors

SPRING CREEK CONSTRUCTION: 192 Sage Canyon Rd, Doss TX 78618. General Contractor




DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:

See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.

CRENWELGE RANCH: 830-889-3506; 830-997-4057; Doss, TX 78618. Whitetail deer, turkey

DOSSTEXAS.COM: 830-739-5567; RR-783, Doss, TX 78618 http://dosstexas.com

PANTHER CREEK RANCH: 325-347-2734; 2120 Panther Creek Rd, Doss, TX 78618. www.panthercreekranch.com

TILLIES GAME RANCH: 830-669-2498; 270 Tillie's Ranch Rd, Doss, TX 78618. www.tilliesranch.com. Whitetail deer and exotics

WHITE GHOST RANCH: 830-669-2382; 449 Salt Branch Loop, Doss, TX 78618. www.WhiteGhostRanch.com. Whitetail deer

TAXIDERMY & MEAT PROCESSING:

DOSS COUNTRY STORE: 830-669-2160; 14394 RR-783 N, Doss, TX 78618. Storage. See full description below.




CRAZY LADY RANCH INC: 830-669-2722; Spring Creek Rd, Doss, TX 78618

QUIET HILL RANCH: 830-669-2253; 110 Quiet Hill Ranch Rd, Doss, TX 78618. www.quiethillranch.com. Lodging


MISCELLANEOUS GOODS & SERVICES


ACQUISITIONS: 830-669-2940; POB 48, Doss, TX 78618. Investment advisor

AZZIP MANAGEMENT GROUP, LLC: 830-669-2382; 449 Salt Branch Lp, Doss, TX 78618. Office services

BEAD DESIGNS BY SHARON: 830-669-2351; 88 Emmrose Ln, Doss, TX 78618

CREATIVE OPTIONS COMMUNICATION: 830-669-2466; 8139 Doss Spring Creek Rd, Doss, TX 78618. http://creativeoptionsmarketing.com Advertising

DOSS COUNTRY STORE: 830-669-2160; 14394 RR-783 N, Doss, TX 78618. At intersection with RR-648. Gas, burgers, general store, feed, live music sometimes. Home of Rawhide store (western wear) www.dosscountrystore.com

DOSS VALLEY HAIRSTLYE: 830-669-2275; RR-648, Doss TX 78618

DOSS-TEX KELPIES: 830-669-2320; 2285 Salt Branch Loop, Doss, TX 78618. www.doss-tex.com

JERRY B WALSH CO: 830-997-7975, 417 RR-648, Doss TX 78618. Insurance Agents, Brokers, and Service

KGLF 88.1 FM: Doss, TX 78618. Educational Media Foundation

O B E CORPORATION: 830-669-2779; 1967 Reeh RD, Doss TX 78618

KINDER MORGAN TEXAS PIPELINE: 830-669-2768; Doss, TX 78618

PANACECK PAUL C JR: 830-669-2274; Crenwelge Rd, Doss, TX 78618. Dentist

SUNSHINE & HONEYBEE FARMS: 830-669-2371; 453 Woerner Rd, Doss, TX 78618. www.sunshineandhoneybeefarms.com. Organic vegetables

TIM & LESLIE FLICK OFFICE: 830-669-2722; 141 Leslie Rd, Doss, TX 78618. Accounting services

TOMMY REEH GARAGE & REEH AUTO PARTS: 830-669-2323; 9991 Doss Spring Creek Rd, 14205 RR-783 N, Doss, TX 78618


NON-PROFIT & PUBLIC SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS


DOSS COMMUNITY CENTER: 14174 RR-783 N, Doss, TX 78618

DOSS COMMUNITY CLUB: POB 11, Doss, TX 78618. Meets intermittently at Community Center above. Leatrice Haley: 830-669-2611

DOSS COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT CLUB: (830-669-2199; 14174 RR-783 N, Doss, TX 78618
4-H
4-H: www.4-h.org. A global network of youth organizations, sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service (see above), whose mission is "engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development". Local 4-H Club: Doss 4-H: Doss, TX 78618

PATHWAYS 3H WILDERNESS: Top Hand Cabin: 830-866-3492; Doss, TX 78618. Social Advocacy Organization


RANCHES (Non-Hunting)


BAR O BAR RANCH: 830-669-2352; Doss, TX 78618

BRANDON PETSCH RANCHES: 830-669-2351; 88 Emmrose Ln, Doss, TX 78618

KRAMER CLINTON RANCH HOUSE: 830-669-2261; 2228 RR-648, Doss, TX 78618

LAZY W RANCH: 830-669-2395; 1713 Jack Rabbit Rd, Doss, TX 78618

POHL RANCH: 830-669-2598; Doss, TX 78618

TR CONNECTED RANCHES, LTD: 830-669-2325; 9991 Doss Spring Creek Rd, Doss, TX 78618

WELGE RANCH: 830-669-2412; 743 Jack Rabbit Rd, Doss, TX 78618


SCHOOLS


Doss School (THE) DOSS SCHOOL -
Doss Consolidated Common School District (CCSD):

830-669-2411;
11431 RR-648, Doss, TX 78618.
www.dossccsd.org
Enrollment: 32; Grades: Pre-K-8. Est 1884
  • Doss Elementary School




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