Cofran's Texas . . .
Hill Country Portal
Elevation: 1,437 ft
Zip Code: 78004
Area Code: 830-336
Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 29° 49' 39" N, 98° 34' 31" W
Location: SE part of county; 10 mi NE of Boerne
Highways: TX 46/475, FM 3351
CHAMBER AND TOURISM:
BERGHEIM GENERAL STORE AND POST OFFICE: Popular for years with the locals and visitors alike for its "old time" atmosphere, interesting items and friendly folks. See full details in Directory below.
GUADALUPE RIVER TUBING & PADDLING: See our focus page at Tubing & Paddling.
SERENGETI RESORT: The heart of Africa in the Texas Hill Country. See full details in Directory below.
EDGE FALLS: A significant water falls (dependent on local rainfall) exists on the Guadalupe River on private property between Bergheim and Kendalia. While access is not allowed on the private property, visitors can see the falls from Edge Falls Road at the river crossing. Location: From Hwy 281, travel 7.4 miles W on FM 473, go left at Edge Falls Rd, and go S to the crossing. Quoting a local: "A 'secret' little watering hole in the middle of Kendall County, about ten miles southwest of Kendalia. Except for the bridge crossing Curry Creek, the entire area is posted with no trespassing signs (and they mean it). Just upstream is a large, deep grotto, where the main falls are located. For decades it was a popular swimming spot - but the property was closed to the public due to liability issues. Today, only the smaller falls are visible from the roadway. In early 2008, there was still a trickle of water flowing through the creek, but that soon dried up, and with the severe drought for the past year, the creek bed has been completely dry." See images at Photos, Photo and satellite Views
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: See the very nearby attractions in the greater Boerne area, including: Agricultural Heritage Center, Cave Without A Name, Enchanted Springs Ranch, and Tapatio Golf Resort. Also see the very nearby Cibolo Nature Center, Guadalupe River State Park, and Honey Creek Natural Area on the Parks page.
EVENT CALENDAR: For full details on these and nearby events see Festivals & Major Events, Trade Days & Farmers Markets, Live Entertainment, and calendars on our other focus topic pages accessible from the menu above.
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HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "Bergheim ("Mountain Home"), a German immigrant community, is on State Highway 46 and Farm Road 316 ten miles northeast of Boerne in far southeastern Kendall County. Austrian-born Andreas Engel immigrated to Texas in 1885 to avoid military service. In 1887 Casper Seltenfuss (Sultenfuss) hired Engel to cut the native cedars on his property on the Guadalupe River. At this time cedar was used for fence building and was burned to produced charcoal. Engel and his new wife purchased land from Seltenfuss and built their first general store. In 1900 Engel sold his store and bought three acres of land at the site of present Bergheim. A cotton gin was erected and began operation on September 15, 1900. The post office opened, and Engel became postmaster in 1901. The Bergheim post office became a rural branch of the Boerne post office in 1965 and was still operating in 1990. Cotton, charcoal, cedar, and corn were the means of livelihood for Bergheim and the surrounding area. A new store was built from limestone quarried nearby in 1903. In 1907 a house was built adjoining the store. In 1916 Rudolph and Alfred Engel succeeded their father in the business; Rudolph managed the cotton gin, and Alfred handled the store and post office. Cotton ginning came to an abrupt end with the onslaught of the boll weevil. The gin was afterward used to grind cornmeal. At this time cedar again became the chief source of income for the area, and Bergheim was said to operate the largest cedar yard in the state. Cedar posts were traded for groceries, and many cedar choppers were employed there. The sheep, goat, and cattle industries supported the community by 1950 and in 1990 were the economic backbone of the area. The store and post office have remained in the Engel family and were owned and operated by Andreas Engel's great-grandson in 1990, when the business provided fence-building supplies, feed, and dry goods, as well as the necessary grocery staples for the local ranchers. Bergheim General Store and Post Office received a state historical marker in 1983. Bergheim's population was listed as twenty-two in 1980 and 1990."
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: Kendall County Government Offices
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.
MISCELLANEOUS GOODS & SERVICES
BERGHEIM CAMPGROUND: 830-336-2235; 103 White Water Rd (at FM 3351), Bergheim, TX 78006. http://bergheimcampground.com. On the Upper Guadalupe River north of Bergheim and immediately north of the bridge crossing the River, at a place called Sultenfuss Crossing. Outfitter (tubes, canoes, kayaks), campground (tents, RV sites), swimming.
BERGHEIM GENERAL STORE AND POST OFFICE: 830-336-2112; 843 State Hwy 46 E, Bergheim, TX 78004. Popular for years with the locals and visitors alike for its "old time" atmosphere, interesting items and friendly folks. Received a state historical marker in 1983.
BERGHEIM VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT: Non-emergency calls: 830-336-3241; POB 4141, Bergheim, TX 78004. www.bergheimvfd.org
BOOT JACK BAR: 1 FM 3551, Ste 100, Bergheim, TX 78004
OBRIEN'S RESTAURANT: 830-229-5600; 848 Hwy 46 E, Bergheim, TX 78004. www.obriensinbergheim.com. Food, entertainment.
SERENGETI RESORT: 830-816-3600; 408 Fuller Dr, Bergheim TX 78006. The heart of Africa in the Texas Hill Country. Web: www.serengetiresort.com
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom