Wimberley, Texas

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Wimberley is a small town in Hays County, Texas, United States. Prior to its incorporation in May 2000[4], it was a census-designated place (CDP). The population was 3,797 at the 2000 census.

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History

Wimberley started as an unnamed trading post settlement near Cypress Creek in 1848, the year Hays County was organized. After William Carvin Winters built a gristmill at the site in 1856, it took on the name Winters' Mill. When the mill was sold in 1864 to the Cude family, its name was changed to Cude's Mill. It was sold again in 1874 to Pleasant Wimberley and took on his name. Over the years, the mill was expanded to process lumber, shingles, flour, molasses, and cotton.

In 1880, Alfred vom Stein, a postmaster from San Marcos applied to have a post office established in the community, calling it Wimberleyville. The application was granted, but the name shortened to Wimberley. The mill was shut down in 1925, but the community was established and continued to grow, eventually becoming known as a resort town and becoming popular with tourists.[5]

Geography

Wimberley is located at 29°59′44″N 98°06′03″W / 29.995474°N 98.100832°W / 29.995474; -98.100832 (29.995474, -98.100832).[6] This is 28 miles (45 km) southwest of Austin and 46 miles (74 km) northeast of San Antonio.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 16.1 square miles (41.8 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,797 people, 1,576 households, and 1,076 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 235.3 people per square mile (90.8/km2). There were 1,928 housing units at an average density of 119.5/sq mi (46.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.52% White, 0.18% African American, 0.79% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.98% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.93% of the population.

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