Architecture Scavenger Hunt for Lindendale School

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The Texas Hill Country is filled with history, some of it more hidden than others. If you are in an adventurous mood, go hunting for Lindendale. For GPS mappers, the latitude and longitude are 30° 6′ 43″ N / 98° 37′ 55″ W. For those who search on phones, computers, and paper, this very small community is located about 18 miles west of Blanco and 24 miles northeast of Boerne, on Farm to Market Road 1888 in northeastern Kendall County. Here, in this unincorporated site, is a remnant of the past: a one-room school.

Settlers first came to the area in the 1860s. Among them were Valentine Gates and his family. Gates was a horticulturist and nurseryman whose lifelong interest was in the cultivation of fruit trees. After constructing a home, he planted an apple orchard. This type of orchard was the first of its kind in the Hill Country. During his time here, Gates propagated hundreds of apple, peach, and pear trees until his death in 1912. According to T.E. Patton, grandson of Gates, one of the most difficult aspects of keep fruit orchards was finding ways to keep out hungry wildlife. Somethings never change out here!

Architecture Scavenger Hunt for Lindendale School

Photo: @hayneskresge via Twenty20

Officially a community as of 1872, Lindendale was named for the Linden trees, which had been brought from Pennsylvania and grew along the Blanco River. J. C. Hoge donated five acres with a log cabin for a school, which had one teacher and twenty-seven students in 1905. Church services were also held here. This site served Lindendale kids until 1951 when the district consolidated with nearby Blanco. Today, Lindendale is mostly private land, but pecan and persimmon trees can still be found, as well as generous cypress trees. The school building is reported to open occasionally as a community center and 4-H Club meeting place. Think you can find this spot in the road?