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Near Bertram in Burnet County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Joppa Community
 
Joppa Community Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith Peterson, December 30, 2007
1. Joppa Community Marker
 
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1979 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9722.)
 
Location.
 
Joppa Community Church Photo, Click for full size
By Keith Peterson, December 30, 2007
2. Joppa Community Church
 
30° 49.525′ N, 98° 1.919′ W. Marker is near Bertram, Texas, in Burnet County. Marker is at the intersection of CR-210 and CR-200 on CR-210. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bertram TX 78605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shady Grove Community (approx. 3.1 miles away); Black's Fort (approx. 3.2 miles away); Site of Town of Strickling (approx. 4.2 miles away); Bertram School (approx. 5.6 miles away); Mount Horeb Lodge (approx. 5.7 miles away); Bertram (approx. 5.7 miles away); Mahomet-Sycamore Springs Community (approx. 5.8 miles away); Mahomet Cemetery (approx. 5.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bertram.
 
Also see . . .  Handbook of Texas Online. Joppa, TX (Submitted on February 15, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.) 
 
Old Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Keith Peterson, December 30, 2007
3. Old Bridge
SW of marker on CR-200.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 521 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 15, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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