Boerne in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The community of Hastings was established in the late 19th century with the settlement of immigrants from England coming to farm and ranch in Texas. William George (Willy) Hughes moved from Kensington, London, to Texas in 1878 at age 19 to learn about the business of managing and marketing sheep and wool. Willy took Oxfordshire Downs Sheep from England and began to build his herds on 160 acres southwest of Boerne. His two brothers, Harry and Gerard, joined him in 1879. That same year Willy bought his second piece of land where the ranch headquarters would be built.
The Hughes Ranch bred cattle, sheep, goats and horses. The ranch expanded its operations to include U.S. Mail delivery, stage line services and meals, tourism activities, and buying and selling real estate. Willy moved from sheep wool production to Angora Goat Mohair production by 1887 and was considered an authority on Angora Goats. The ranch headquarters was built in 1888 and still stands off Hwy. 46. Willy married Lucy Stephenson and she began to run her own operations on the ranch. She managed a dairy operation with 35 jersey cows and managed a resort business
Willy proposed a post office for the community, named Hastings Post Office after his father. It opened in 1890 in a room inside the Hughes Ranch House. That same year Willy started the Boerne and Bandera Stage Line Company which invited tourists from San Antonio and Boerne to visit the Hill Country in Bandera via the stage line. Willy provided land to Kendall County for the Hastings School and continued to support the community until his untimely death in 1902 from a train wreck in Belleville, Illinois.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18072.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Disasters • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
Location. 29° 45.951′ N, 98° 45.927′ W. Marker is in Boerne, Texas, in Kendall County. Marker is on Maytum Pass, 0.1 miles west of State Highway 46, on the left when traveling west. The marker is located at the end of the road on Maytum Pass. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 Maytum Pass, Boerne TX 78006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camino Real de San Saba (Camino Viejo) in Kendall County (approx. 2.3 miles away); James House (approx. 2.6 miles away); St. Peter's Catholic Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Weyrich Building (approx. 2.6 miles away); Veterans Plaza World War II Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); US Army Private First Class Milton A. Lee (approx. 2.6 miles away); Veterans Plaza World War I Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away); Veterans Plaza Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boerne.
Also see . . .
1. William George Hughes (1859-1902). Findagrave.com (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Goat Ranching. The number of Angora goats reached a record high of more than 4.5 million in 1965, when mohair production was 31,584,000 pounds.Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 162 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 26, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.