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City Profile For:
"no slogan"Population (2000): 25
Elevation: 1220 ftArea: undefinedCounty: Blanco
Zip Code: 78636Area Code: 830Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: ~ 30.361209° N, -98.470394° W
Location: 57 mi W of Austin, 73 mi N of San Antonio
Highways: RR-1320, RR-1323Railways: None
Creeks: Grape, Hickory, SpringRivers: just N of PedernalesLakes: None
BACKGROUND INFORMATIONCHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: None, (see Johnson City)
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 9 mi NW of Johnson City; 17 mi SE of Willow City,
10 mi S of Round Mountain
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: Scenic beauty, and popularity for motorcycle and bike riding.
NEARBY & HILL COUNTRY-WIDE ATTRACTIONS: See Attractions
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Johnson City: Exotic Zoo Resort; Texas Hills Winery; Whittington's Jerky; Historic Courthouse & Jail; Lavender Farms; Wildflower Capital; Bamberger Ranch; LBJ Boyhood Home
- Round Mountain: Auction Barn; Historic Church & Inn
- Stonewall: Peaches; Wineries/Vineyards; Lavender; Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm; LBJ State & National Parks (Texas White House)
- Willow City: Willow City Scenic Loop; Biker Saloon; Motorcycling
- Johnson City: Pedernales Falls State Park; LCRA Pedernales River Nature Park; LBJ National Park
- Stonewall: LBJ State & National Historical Parks
EVENT CALENDAR: There are no regularly scheduled events.
For full details on 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.
WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather
- On-Line News: Google News Note, there is overlap in their coverage with other "Sandy" named areas (see below); Topix: not available
- Newspapers, Radio/TV, Articles & Videos: See Johnson City
To print the map shown at the right,
click on the map.
HISTORY & OTHER PROFILES:
Handbook of Texas: Handbook of Texas Online: ". . In the mid-nineteenth century settlers moved to Sandy from the Deep South, drawn to the area by the abundant water and fertile, sandy soil. In spite of frequent raids by Indians, a Sandy post office was established in 1872. The communities of Hickory, Spring Creek, and White Oak had been established nearby by the early 1880s. Each settlement had its own one-room school, but by 1925 all had merged into one at Sandy, and two teachers were hired to work there. This school was later consolidated with the schools at Johnson City. According to estimates, the population in Sandy fluctuated after 1925 but never rose above thirty. In the 1980s the post office there served only twenty-five residents, most of whom were involved in the turkey industry. Through 2000 the population was still reported at twenty-five."
"The School At Sandy", a research report by Tom Anderson, 1/31/2013: Report (a Word doc).
PRIOR CITY NAMES: None
HISTORICAL MARKERS: None
CEMETERIES: Sandy Cemetery (see detailed listing in Directory below).
See: Blanco County Cemetery Photos, Facts & Directions
ROADS: For detailed listing of county, state and federal roads in Blanco County, including an interactive map, click: Roads
AVAILABLE SERVICES: Gas: no; Convenience Stores: no; Restaurants: no; Lodging: yes; Grocery Stores: no; Banks: no; Vehicle Repair: no; Hospital: no; Med Clinic: no; Post Office: no; Public Schools: no; Cemetery: yes
OTHER PROFILES: Texas Home Town Locator; Townscape; Wikipedia: Not available
NOTES: There are no restaurants, gas stations or stores remaining in unincorporated Sandy. it is a "ghost" town.
However, there are ranches, an excellent B&B, the Sandy Cemetery, the historic, unoccupied Sandy Schoolhouse, and the old General Store & Post Office (now just an empty residence, picture on right).
All services (postal, school, fire, EMS, law enforcement, etc.) are provided by Johnson City and Blanco County.
When researching "Sandy", there are map and on-line references to many other areas with "Sandy" in their name, and in particular "Big Sandy". Nearby, on TX-29 between Buchanan Dam and Burnet, the Google map shows a "Sandy", but no other details.
We welcome inquiries, comments and submission of updates, additions, corrections & digital photos,
without compensation. Send to Editor at:
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: Blanco County Government Offices
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing
CARBARY GROCERY STORE: Intersection RR-1320 & RR-1323. Closed (now an empty residence)
M&J LAVENDER FARM: 830-693-6624; 2484 Round Mountain-Sandy Rd, Sandy (Johnson City), TX 78636. mjlavenderfarm.com
SANDY CEMETERY: Sandy Cemetery Rd, Sandy (Johnson City), TX 78636. Lat-Long: 30° 20.682' N, 98° 28.300' W. The cemetery is .4 mi S at end of road, on R. Photo
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS: 281-300-7177; 9242 RR-1320 (Sandy Road), Sandy (Johnson City), TX 78636. SandyRoadGuestHaus.com. See ad below.
SANDY SCHOOL HOUSE: 115 Sandy School Rd, Sandy, TX 78636. Off RR-1323, 1.6 miles NW of intersection with RR-1320. Historic school, in process of being restored as a community center. Send contributions and volunteer inquires to Joe Stewart, 830-868-0873
"The School At Sandy", a research report by Tom Anderson, 1/31/2013: Report (a Word doc)
Historic School Photo: This photo was submitted by Joe Ashabranner, August, 2013, who stated: "The teacher in the [lower] picture is my grandfather Nick Hornsby [on left]. I know he was the teacher for at least 2 years. My grandmother, Jesse Smith Hornsby, probably took the picture. I hope that you and the others may be able to help identify some of the places and people." Undated. While labeled "Sandy School", this apparently was the Spring Creek School. Dick Hornsby was the teacher of record for Spring Creek in the 1919-20 and 1920-21 school years.
Current School Photos, from "Welcome Back To Sandy" Community Function at the School House, May, 2011:
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: SandyRoadGuestHaus.com, Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
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