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"no slogan"Population (2010): 688Businesses (2000):COL Index:
Elevation: 1,148 ftArea: undefinedCounty: Comal
Zip Code: 78623Area Code 830Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: lat 29.976° N, long -98.265° W
Location: Northern part of county, near Canyon Lake; 20 mi NW of New Braunfels
Highways: RR-32, FM-484Creeks: NoneRivers: NoneLakes: None
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: None
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 8 mi SE of Blanco, 4 mi N of Canyon Lake Area, 17 mi NE of Spring Branch, 12 mi SW of Wimberley, 12 mi SW of City Of Woodcreek
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below.
- Fischer Store School Community Center: 12400 RR-32, Fischer, TX 78623. A non-profit association organized to provide a Community Center and is available for rental. A Texas landmark.
- (The) Fischer Dance Hall: Fischer Store Rd, Fischer, TX 78623. Just off RR-32 and FM-484, NW of Canyon Lake. "Still operated by descendants of the original family who built it (circa 1895). The town continues German pioneer pastimes with a handset nine-pin bowling alley. Several scenes from Willie Nelson's movie "Honeysuckle Rose" were filmed on location here. The interior of the Hall is an architectural wonder with beautiful old hand-hewn beams and rafters. Adolph Hofner has played here many times and Ponty Bone has played several weddings."
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Blanco: Historic Town Sqare & Courthouse; Real Ale Brewing Co
- Canyon Lake Area: Canyon Lake; Water Recreation; Canyon Lake Gorge; Museum, Golf
- Spring Branch: Golf
- Wimberley: Bella Vista Olive Ranch; Corral Theatre; Emily Ann Theatre; Hunters Chase Farms; Jacob's Well; Central Texas Bonsai Exhibit/jade Gardens; Old Baldy; Golf; Wimberley Glass Works; Lavender Farms; Wimberley Players; Wimberley Zipline Adventures
- City Of Woodcreek: Golf; Jacob's Well
- Blanco: Blanco State Park
- Canyon Lake Area: Canyon Park; Canyon Beach Park; Comal Park; Cranes Mill Park; Guadalupe Park; North Park; Overlook Park; Potters Creek Park; Jacob's Park
- Local city parks include: None
- Mar, Late: Rice-Grass I Festival, Rice
- Nov, 2nd weekend: Annual Fischer Fest, Rice
- On-going Events:
- Every Mon: Youth Archery Program: Cowboys For Jesus, 830-935-2920; 8400 RR-32, Fischer
WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather
MEDIA COVERAGE: MAPS: Local Google; Hill Country Special Maps
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: " . . developed in the 1850s as a supply center on the Devil's Backbone section of the road between San Marcos and Blanco. The site, settled by Hermann Fischer in 1853, became known as Fischer's Store when Fischer built a log trading post to serve the frontier community. Potters Creek School opened for local children in 1875, and a year later the Fischer's Store post office was established. Fischer Store School replaced Potters Creek in 1888, and after World War II Fischer became the center of a school district for northern Comal County. At the request of postal officials the community's name has changed twice: in 1894 Fischer's Store became Fischer Store, and in 1950 the name was shortened to Fischer. Sources in the 1960s reported that the Fischer family had held the local postmastership continuously since 1876. Fischer recorded a population of forty or fifty for most of the twentieth century but fell to twenty in the mid-1960s as Canyon Lake, four miles to the south, began filling. In 1967 Fischer was described just as it might have been a hundred years earlier-a country store and post office at a rural crossroads. Its population was listed as twenty from 1967 through 2000."
From the Fischer School web site listed below: "After the Civil War, Adolf Schlameous opened a private school which is remembered as the first school conducted in Fischer. In 1875, Potter’s Creek School was established as a public school. In 1886, the name of the school was changed to Fischer Store School and a new building was erected on 30 acres given by Otto Fischer. The school burned in 1940, and was replaced by the present building which has been restored. Classes were conducted in this building until the early Fifties.
The Fischer School began in the late 1800's with one very strict teacher who made the students, mostly boys, ages 7 to 20, behave through the use of the "good, old golden RULER." Two water runs a day were made, mostly by the fellows, who went down the hill to the Fischer House and carried up a bucket full. Everyone then drank from a communal dipper.
The school stands on approximately 30 acres, large enough so the horses many of the students rode to school, could graze during the day. The original one-room school house burned and much of the existing building was built in the 1940's by locals. Along the way, a second room and the stage were added. The rock steps, which we are still using, are the original ones from the 1800's."
PRIOR NAMES: Fischer's Store, then Fischer Store
- Fischer Cemetery: 12300 RR-32, between San Marcos and Blanco, about 1/4 mile east of FM-484. Originated in 1886 with the first burial in 1890. Profile 1; Profile 2;
OTHER PROFILES: City Data (not available); ePodunk; Texas Escapes; Travel Texas (not available); Wikipedia
The area name is often misspelled as "Fisher". Correct is Fischer with the letter c.
Some locations in the fuzzy area between Fischer and Canyon Lake have what appears to be opposite postal city names. The Canyon Lake HS has a Fischer address.
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: Comal County Government Offices
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
US POSTAL SERVICE (USPS): 800-275-8777; www.usps.com
Local post office: 830-935-2351; 4050 FM-484, Fischer, TX 78623-9998
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing
AGAPE DOME RETREAT CENTER: 830-935-4594; 175 Quarter Horse, Fischer, TX 78623. www.agapedome.com
AUTO APPRAISAL NETWORK: 281-300-4307; 945 Mimosa Ct, Fischer TX, 78623. www.autoappraisalnetwork.com
CAMP ERIN CENTRAL TEXAS (formerly Camp Brave Heart): 512-342-4700; 1661 John Knox Rd, Fischer, TX 78623. https://www.hospiceaustin.org/about-hospice-austin/campbraveheart. A free bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 – 17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them. A traditional, fun, high-energy camp combined with grief education, peer bonding, and emotional support led by grief support professionals and trained volunteers.A program of Hospice Austin and part of The Moyer Foundation’s national Camp Erin program. Swimming, hiking, campfires, archery, sing-a-longs, crafts and a low-level ropes course are just a few of the activities that campers enjoy. Over the course of three days and two nights packed with recreational and therapeutic activities, campers hear each other’s stories, explore their grief in a safe and understanding environment, and learn ways to help them cope with their loss. Summer dates. Volunteers and donations always appreciated.
CANYON LAKE ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB: 8555 RR-32, Fischer, TX 78623. www.clhsabc.com. Facebook
CHAPPELL TIMBER CONSTRUCTION: 512-438-9998; 13508 RR-32, Fischer, TX 78623
COWBOYS FOR JESUS CHURCH: 830-935-2920; 832-724-5644, 8400 RR-32, Fischer, TX 78623
DEVIL'S BACKBONE TAVERN: 830-964-2544; 4041 RR-32, Fischer, TX 78623. Dance hall & unscheduled entertainment
FISCHER BOWLING CLUB: 830-935-4800; 115 Fischer Store Rd, Fischer, TX 78623. http://ninepinbowling.com/fischer.html
(THE) FISCHER DANCE HALL: 210-935-4800; 115 Fischer Store Rd, Fischer (Comal County), TX 78623. Facebook. Just off RR-32 and FM-484, NW of Canyon Lake. "Still operated by descendants of the original family who built it (circa 1895). The town continues German pioneer pastimes with a handset nine-pin bowling alley. Several scenes from Willie Nelson's movie "Honeysuckle Rose" were filmed on location here. The interior of the Hall is an architectural wonder with beautiful old hand hewn beams and rafters. Adolph Hofner has played here many times and Ponty Bone has played several weddings." Live music and event rentals.
(THE) FISCHER HAUS B&B: 830-935-3011; 115 Fischer Store Rd, Fischer, TX 78623. www.thefischerhaus.com. Lodging, nightly
FISCHER HAUS CANTINA: 115 Fischer Store Rd, Fischer, TX 78623
STAR RANCH COTTAGE: 512-847-7460; 115 Fischer Store Rd, Fischer, TX 78623
FISCHER STORE: 830-370-1554; 4040 FM-484, Fischer, TX 78623. www.fischerstore.com, Facebook. Built in 1902. Still owned by Hermann Fischer's descendants, who are focused on preserving and sharing the history of the general store, the family, and the community. Museum.
FISCHER STORE SCHOOL COMMUNITY CENTER: 830-935-4708; 12400 RR-32, Fischer, TX 78623. www.fischerstoreschoolcc.org. A non-profit association organized to provide a Community Center. Available for rental for civic and social events. Built in 1940. A Texas landmark. See more description in History section above. Contact: Charlene Fischer - Vice President
HILL COUNTRY LAND AND HOMES REALTY: 830-964-2151; 9902 RR-32, Fischer, TX 78623
JOHN KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CAMP: 830-935-4568; 1661 John Knox Rd, Fischer, TX 78623
KELLY COLE, JEWELER PREMIER DESIGNS JEWELRY: 210-216-2327; 332 Persimmon Pass, Fischer, TX 78623
PROLINE APPAREL COMPANY: 830-660-2659; 115 Mullen Oaks Ridge, Fischer, TX 78623
RANCHO MIRANDO GUEST RANCH: 512-826-7847; 6600 FM-32, Fischer, TX 78623. www.ranchomirando.com. Event venue
RILEY'S ON THE BACKBONE: Closed
STRATTON CONSULTING: 512-422-2094; Fischer, TX 78623. Quickbooks specialist; Sandy Stratton
(THE) STUDIOS AT FISCHER: 800-280-3084; 3711 FM-484, Fischer, TX 78623. Event venue. http://sfperforming.com
WIMBERLEY POOL COMPANY: 512-585-7788; 1215 Agarita Dr, Fischer, TX 78623
BEAR CREEK VETERINARY CLINIC: 512-288-0428; 13944 RR-32, Fischer, TX 78623
CANYON LAKE PET CARE BY PENNY: 830-237-2002; Fischer Store Rd, Fischer, TX 78623. https://sites.google.com/site/canyonlakepetcarebypenny. Sitter
CAT ALLIES OF TEXAS RESCUE: 830-237-2002; POB 75, Fischer, TX 78623. www.adoptapet.com/CatAlliesofTexas, Facebook. Non-profit organization specifically geared to cats, but we help as we can with dogs, horses, other large animals. Mission is to reduce the free roaming population of cats with TNR support and help pet owners find access to low cost spay-neuter services for every pet. Humane control of the free roaming cat population will alleviate needless suffering and problems associated with these cats. Services the Fischer, Canyon Lake, New Braunfels area. Penny Solis
HILL COUNTRY PET SITTER - ASIA KEDER: 210-548-1425; 1691 Yaupon Dr, Fischer, TX 78623. Facebook. House pet/ranch annimals sitting
WIGGLES BUTTS RANCH: 830-237-9186; RR-32, Fischer, TX 78623. Facebook. A foster based boarding facility for rescue dogs.
Note: See separate listing sections for horses, riding, equestrian, and other care.
COMAL ISD: See New Braunfels
- Canyon Lake High School: 830-885-1700; 8555 RR-32, Fischer, TX 78623. Mascot: Hawks
PEDERNALES ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (PEC): www.pec.coop. A Texas non-profit corporation owned by its members, the largest electric cooperative in the country, coves 8,100 square miles, 214,000 members, with assets over $1 billion.
HQ, Connections & Service Startup: 1-888-554-4732
Emergencies, Outages & Marking of Underground Utility Lines, 24x7: 1-888-883-3379
Nearest Local Office: See Dripping Springs
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
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
Upscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
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