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Near Bertram in Burnet County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Joppa Community

 
 
Joppa Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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
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Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9722.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1967.
 
Location. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bertram TX 78605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Russell Fork Iron Truss Bridge (approx. 1.2 miles away); Joppa Iron Truss Bridge (approx. 1.2 miles away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bertram.
 
Joppa Community Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, July 24, 2015
2. Joppa Community Marker
Old iron bridge in distance
Joppa Community Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, December 30, 2007
3. Joppa Community Church
Old Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson, December 30, 2007
4. Old Bridge
SW of marker on CR-200.
Old Iron Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard Denney, July 24, 2015
5. Old Iron Bridge
Closeup of old iron bridge crossing the San Gabriel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,444 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 15, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   3, 4. submitted on February 15, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   5. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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