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"Apple Capital of Texas", "The Apple of the Hill Country's Eye"Population (2000): 515Elevation: 1,447 ftArea: smCounty: Bandera
Zip Code: 78055Area Code: 830Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 29° 47' 47" N, 99° 14' 47" W
Location: Central part of county; 24 mi S of Kerrville; 12 mi NW of Bandera;
37 mi E of Leakey; 58 mi W of Boerne; 42 mi N of Hondo
Highways: TX-16; RR-337Creeks: LoveRivers: MedinaLakes: Hadfield, Gallant
BACKGROUND INFORMATIONCITY: Unincorporated, Census-Designated Place (CDP); No web site. See Facebook
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: None
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: Bandera, Kerrville, Tarpley
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching, apple industry
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below.
- Love Creek Orchards: From April through October, these orchards are open to the public by guided tour only; call to set up a tour time. Lunch, tours, apple picking, pumpkin patch. Known for its dwarf apple trees that produce full-sized fruit with varieties ranging from Crispin to Jonagold.
- The Apple Store & Patio Cafe: On Main St, this shop sells their apples and makes and sells 50 Love Creek apple products 9 jams, jellies, apple butter, pies and baked goods, etc. Always fresh apple ice cream and apple pie.
- Love Creek Nursery: Tree nursery, including "lost" Bigtooth maple trees. 12,000 trees!
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Bandera: Cowboy Capital; Dude Ranches; Frontier Times Museum; Golf; Polly's Chapel
- Comfort: Comfort Historic District; Shopping; Vineyards; Golf; Monument; Bat Roost; Comfort Museum
- Hunt: Summer Camps; Hunting Ranches
- Ingram: Hill Country Arts Foundation; Stonehenge II
- Kerrville: Hill Country Museum; Museum Of Western Art; Kathleen C. Cailloux Theater; Hill Country Youth Orchestras; Kerr Arts & Cultural Center; Playhouse 2000; Riverside Nature Center
- Vanderpool: Lone Star Motorcycle Museum, Park
- Bandera: Hill Country State Natural Area Park; Mansfield Park
- Concan: Garner State Park
- Kerrville: Kerrville-Schreiner Park (county)
- Medina Lake Area: Avalon Park; Bandera County Park at Lakehills
- Vanderpool: Lost Maples State Natural Area
- Late July: Annual Apple Festival
- Oct: Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch: every Sat-Mon in Oct, 10a-4p, Love Creek Orchards,
- Late Oct: Annual Medina VFD Game Dinner at Farm Country Club
- Dec: Medina Christmas Bazaar at Methodist Church, 8a-2p
- Every Month: Trader's Day, 1st Sat, see Old Timer below.
- Every 2nd Fri, Community Wide Jam Session: at Community Center on TX-16. Free family event features local musicians. 6p. Bring a covered dish, snack or dessert to share. Everyone welcome.
WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather
- On-Line News: City-Data
- Newspapers, Radio/TV, Videos:
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "As early as 1865 a sawmill had been built in the area, and several families were settled nearby. The Medina post office was established in 1880, and by the end of the next decade the community had a gin, a corn mill, a hotel, a private bank, two churches, three general stores, and a population of 150. Many area residents raised stock as their primary occupation. By 1914 Medina had a population of 400; it fell to 250 in the early 1930s, when the Great Depression caused many residents to move away in search of jobs. The community recovered fairly rapidly, however, and had a variety of businesses, four churches, and 475 residents by the late 1940s. Most of the area land was devoted to livestock and to recreational hunting leases until the 1980s, when apple farming was introduced to the area. Baxter Adams, Jr., started an experimental orchard of dwarf apple trees in 1980, and the first apples were ready for sale in 1984. The dwarf trees produced regular-sized apples that were 40 percent sweeter than large-tree varieties and proved to be an extremely efficient use of the land, with 1,000 to 2,500 trees an acre. In 1989 the Texas Department of Agriculture declared Medina the Apple Capital of Texas. The 300,000 trees in the Medina area produced 100 tons of fruit in 1990, and more orchards were being planted each year. The annual Medina Apple Festival, held on the last Saturday of July, attracted 20,000 visitors in 1990. The population of Medina was listed as 515 in 1990, but the actual number of residents in Medina proper was closer to 250. By 2000 the population had more than doubled to 515 residents."
HISTORICAL MARKERS: See Texas Historical Commission's Historic Sites Atlas: http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us. Includes interactive map plus detailed descriptions of historical markers, cemeteries, museums, all searchable by county.
CEMETERIES: See THC Historic Sites Atlas
- Goodman Cemetery: Hwy 16 N, on NW side of town, past Baker Cemetery
- Oak Rest Cemetery: aka Baker Cemetery, on NW side of town on TX-16. Web
- West Prong Cemetery: aka Shepherd Cemetery, From Medina go 2 mi W on RR-337, turn L on Coal Kiln Rd. for 1/10 mi, look for yellow sign. Web
OTHER PROFILES: City Data; ePodunk Profile; Texas Escapes (not available); Travel Texas (not available); Wikipedia
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
COLLEGE AVENUE CHURCH OF CHRIST: 830-589-2468; Medina, TX 78055
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: 830-589-2395; 255 Patterson St, Medina, TX 78055-0206. www.fbcmedina.org
MEDINA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 830-589-2646; 266 Reed Ave (at Church St), Medina, TX 78055. www.medinaumc.org
STRINGTOWN ROAD CHURCH OF CHRIST: 830-589-2468; 196 Stringtown Rd, Medina, TX 78055
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
EMS BARN: 830-589-7550, Medina, TX 78055
MEDINA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT (VFD): Admin: 830-589-7225; 13762 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. www.medinavfd.com. Annual (late Oct) Medina VFD's Game Dinner at Farm Country Club
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: 830-796-4323; Medina, TX 78055
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: Bandera County Government Offices
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
TEXAS DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (TXDOT): 512-463-8588; 125 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701. www.txdot.gov. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Provides for a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods. Responsible for the design, location, construction, and maintenance of area roadways and aviation.
Local Office: 830-796-4124; Medina, TX 78055
US POSTAL SERVICE (USPS): 800-275-8777; www.usps.com.
Local post offices: 830-589-2416; 13876 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
ARROW Z RANCH: 830-589-2450; 20279 Hwy 16 N, Medina, TX 78055
LA CONTESSA RANCH: 830-828-7678; RR-337, Medina, TX 78055. Facebook. Hog hunts, deer, fishing
MOUNTAIN CREEK RANCHES: 830-589-2497; Medina, TX 78055. www.mountaincreekranches.com. Hunting & fishing club
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.
BLACKBUCK LODGE BANDERA COUNTY: 623-386-3963; RR-337, Medina, TX 78055. www.blackbucklodgebandera.com.
BROKEN BONE RANCH: 210-829-4024; 6840 RR-337, Medina, TX 78055
ESCONDIDA HACIENDA: 888-589-7507; 23670 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055
GRAND PA JONES: 866-796-0660; 830-522-4661; Medina, TX 78055
GRANNY SMITH'S PLACE: 866-796-0660; 830-522-4661; TX-16, Medina, TX 78055
HILL COUNTRY & EVENT CENTER: 830-589-7475; 17740 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. www.rvtexasresort.com
KOYOTE RANCH: 800-225-0991; 830-589-4695; 23233 Medina Hwy (TX-16 N), Medina, TX 78055. www.koyoteranch.com
MEDINA COTTAGE: 210-602-5058; 14200 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. https://evolvevacationrental.com/405845
MEDINA INN: 830-522-0789; Medina, TX 78055
MOUNTAIN VIEW BED & BREAKFAST: 830-589-2432; 2229 Mesa Verde, Medina, TX 78055
(THE) NESTING PLACE: 830-589-7791; 13495 TX-16, Medina, TX 78055
PARADISE ON THE MEDINA: 866-796-0660; 830-522-4661; RR-337, Medina, TX 78055
PARADISE TOO: 866-796-0660; 830-522-4661; Medina, TX 78055
Note: Check RV Parks below for availability of cabins, guest houses and other accommodations.
(THE) APPLE STORE & PATIO CAFE: 830-449-0882, 830-589-2202; 14024 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. Same web as Love Creek Orchards below.
HILL COUNTRY GREEN: 830-589-7589; 13916 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. www.hillcountrygreen.net. Automotive, tool rentals, welding
INTERIOR DESIGNS UNLIMITED: 281-482-8181; 249 Megraw St, Medina, TX 78055. www.interiordesignsunlimited.com
LITTLE COTTAGE QUILT SHOP: 830-589-2502; 14076 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055
LOG BEDS: 830-460-0415; 14150 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055
LOVE CREEK ORCHARDS: 800-449-0882; 830-589-2588; 13558 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. www.lovecreekorchards.com
LOVE CREEK NURSERY: Median, TX 78055. Tree nursery, including "lost" Bigtooth maple trees. 12,000 trees! At above location and web. www.lovecreeknursery.com
MEDINA ACE HARDWARE: 830-589-2320; 13958 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. www.acehardware.com
MEDINA GARDEN NURSERY: 830-589-2771; 13417 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. www.medinagardennursery.com
MEDINA RIVER SOAP COMPANY: 830-589-2921; Medina, TX 78055
MASTER'S HAND AUTOMOTIVE: 830-589-7777; 2195 Benton Creek Rd, Medina, TX 78055.
(THE) OLD TIMER: 830-589-2226: 14178 TX-16, Medina, TX 78055. Facebook. The only gas In Medina! Groceries, ice, snacks. Every 1st Sat Trader's Day, 11a-5p, local artists and artisans.
TNT FURNITURE: 830-589-7465; 516 Stringtown Rd, Medina, TX 78055
4D LAND SERVICES: 830-688-3936; 1116 Mesa Verde Rd, Medina, TX 78055. https://4dlandservices.com. Land clearing, forestry mulching
ARMS OF HOPE: 830-522-2200; 21300 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. www.armsofhope.org. A not-for-profit Christian organization focused on assisting and extending a loving hand to some of the most disadvantaged children and single-mother families in our culture by providing shelter, necessities and life skills at their greatest point of need.
ARMS OF HOPE: https://aofh.siteblox.com. Programs for children and single-mother families who are fleeing poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect and human trafficking.
(THE) CORE: 830-589-3589; 13971 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. Community & visitor center. thecoremedina.wordpress.com
MEDINA COMMUNITY CENTER: TX-16, Medina, TX 78005
MEDINA COMMUNITY LIBRARY: 830-589-2825; 13948 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78005. www.medinacommunitylibrary.us. WiFi, public computers
MEDINA GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 830-589-2825; Medina, TX 78055. Web. Visit at above library.
MEDINA COUNTY QUILTERS: 830-589-2825; Medina, TX 78055
BANDERA COUNTY VETERINARY CLINIC: 830-589-2406; 13937 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. www.bandera-countyvetclinic.com. Closed 12/22/2017
UTOPIA ANIMAL RESCUE RANCH: 830-589-7544; 966 Echo Hill Rd, Medina, TX 78055. http://utopiarescue.com. Closed 2/2018
Note: See separate listing sections for horses, riding, equestrian, and other care.
HATFIELD REALTY: 830-589-2553; POB 288, 13947 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055
HILL COUNTRY PROPERTIES: 830-589-2955; 811 RR-337 E, Medina, TX 78055
(THE) APPLE STORE & PATIO CAFE: See above
CHUCKWAGON CAFE: 830-589-3255; TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055
(THE) CORE COFFEE HOUSE: 830-589-3589; 13971 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055. www.thecoremedina.com
KEESE'S BAR-B-QUE: 830-589-7474; 13869 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055
KOYOTE MERCANTILE & BIERGARTEN: 830-589-4695; TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055
PAPA DON'S PIZZA & WINGS: 830-589-3777; 13947 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055
(THE) PATIO CAFE: 830-589-2202; The Apple Store, TX-16 N, Medina, TX
FARM COUNTY RV PARK: 830-589-2276; Off TX-16 on FM 2828, Medina, TX 78003. www.farmcc.com
HILL COUNTRY RESORT & EVENT CENTER: 830-589-7475; 17740 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055
KOYOTE RANCH-MEDINA HIGHPOINT RESORT: 800-225-0991; 830-589-4695; 23195 Medina Hwy (TX-16 N), Medina, TX 78055. www.koyoteranch.com. RV spaces, lodging
MEDINA ISD: 830-589-2855; Medina, TX 78005. www.medinaisd.org; Business Office: 830-589-2855; Elementary School: 830-589-2731; High School: 830-589-2851. Mascot: "Bobcats". UIL: Conf 1
DEER CREEK ADVENTURE CAMP: 830-589-7123; 494 Elm Creek Rd, Medina, TX 78055. On Medina River, off TX-16. Christian summer camp. www.deercreekcamp.com
LOCAL UTILITY PROVIDERS:
BANDERA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (BEC): 866-226-3372; 830-370-7648; www.banderaelectric.com. Service Area Map. Nearest service office: HQ & Local Service Office: 3172 Hwy 16 N, Bandera, TX 78003. Serves: Bandera, Camp Verde, Medina, Medina Lake, Pipe Creek, Tarpley
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
Come Relax & Enjoy!