Hill Country
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 1,450
Garden Ridge, Texas
Garden Ridge Texas History:
When the community incorporated with 230 residents in 1972, it became the first new town in Comal County in 127 years. The 3,000 acre Hansom-Servtex Garden Ridge Rock Quarry (visible from IH-35) has been in operation since 1937. The majority of its operations are located within the city limits. It produces approximately 25,000 tons of crushed stone daily. The company’s operations are monitored by the City of Garden Ridge Quarry Commission. Bracken Village consists of shops and restaurants located in old homes in Bracken, Texas, 2.6 miles southwest of Garden Ridge. Garden Ridge is located just northwest of IH-35 on FM 3009 (Natural Bridge Caverns Road) and FM 2252 (Nacogdoches Road), 23.8 miles northeast of San Antonio, 45.6 miles northeast of Mico, 28 miles northeast of Helotes, 2.6 miles northeast of Bracken, 17 miles southeast of Bulverde, 30 miles southeast of Boerne, 37 miles southeast of Blanco, 23.5 miles southeast of Spring Branch, 50 miles southwest of Lockhart, 32.6 miles southwest of San Marcos, 15 miles southwest of New Braunfels, 30 miles northwest of Seguin, 8.7 miles northwest of Cibolo, and 8 miles northwest of Schertz, Texas.
Historic Bracken, Texas:  
In 1849, William Bracken purchased 1,114 acres of land in the area. The town that developed was originally named Davenport. The Davenport family cemetery is still located in the area. In 1880, the International and Great Northern Railroad purchased a tract of Bracken’s land for a railroad right-of-way. When the town was granted a post office in 1883 the settlement was renamed Bracken because the town of Davenport, Texas already existed. Several blocks of the new settlement were platted in 1890. In 1915 the Bracken Boling Club was established. The town prospered until it began to decline during Prohibition. One of two stores, and the lumberyard and the cotton gin were closed. Houses were moved and the railroad demolished the depot and pumping station. In 1935, the store burned down; it was rebuilt. Today the town consists of the Bracken Cave, the Bracken Village shops, the Hangin’ Tree Saloon, and the Bracken Store Café. Bracken Cave is home to one of the world’s largest Mexican Free-tailed bat colonies. The 2000 census was approximately 76. This unincorporated community is located on the eastern bank of Cibolo Creek 2.6 miles southwest of Garden Ridge.
Garden Ridge Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, movie rentals, audio books for children and adults, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Thu, 10am-6pm;Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 10am-1pm; closed Sundays. (210) 651-6570. 9400 Municipal Parkway, Garden Ridge, Texas.