Joppa Community

Joppa Community (HMIB4)

Location: Bertram, TX 78605 Burnet County
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N 30° 49.525', W 98° 1.919'

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Some of the first settlers in this farming and ranching community were the William Alexander Faires family in 1874 and the Martin Luther Ater family the next year. The settlement was called "Pool Branch" for a nearby pool formed by a waterfall. In the 1880s a cotton gin and mill were located on the pool which was known as "Mill Pond". There was a store, a blacksmith shop, and one mile from the gin, Mrs. Hattie Snow Smith ran a hat shop in her home.

J. S. and Jane Danford of Delaware County, Iowa, gave two acres in 1881 for a school and church, provided the schoolhouse was completed by March 1, 1882. Area residents met the deadline.

With the establishment of a post office in 1891, the community's name changed to the biblical, "Joppa". William F. Childers served as the first postmaster. After the coming of rural mail delivery, the post office closed in 1904.

Worship was held in the Joppa Schoolhouse until 1913 when the Joppa Baptist Church congregation erected this meetinghouse. The Joppa School consolidated with Bertram in 1942. All that remains of the pioneer settlement is the church house and school building which serves as a community center.
HM NumberHMIB4
Marker Number9722
Year Placed1979
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 11:12pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 592582 N 3410654
Decimal Degrees30.82541667, -98.03198333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 49.525', W 98° 1.919'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 49' 31.50" N, 98° 1' 55.14" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 Co Rd 210, Bertram TX 78605, US
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