May. 3rd, 2017

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Locke Hill wasn't so much a town, but a pretty large rural area centered on Huebner and Fredericksburg Road. The actual hill itself is about a mile north of the intersection where William Jackson Locke had bought property in 1850.

He and Lewis Lacey founded a general store on the hill about a mile north of the stagecoach stop at the corner of the intersection. While I didn't know it at the time, I got to visit the stagecoach stables, which were still standing the mid 1990s quite a bit as we housed our horse there (the original stables being used to hold equipment).

During the Civil War, Locke left to join the Union forces, leaving his wife, Mary, to tend to the family and fend off the natives who would attempt to steal their horses. After attaining the rank of Captain, and ending the War in Texas by accepting the surrender of Ringgold Barracks, he returned home, becoming very involved with Republican Party politics in Bexar County.

In 1868, Mary Locke created a school in a room in the back of the Lacey store, a school that still exists twice over: After several moves and name changes (usually to Shavano), it was moved to it's final location in 1974 (where I went from 1980-1984), and the original location (and possibly the location of the General Store itself based on an 1887 map I have) is still in the service of Northside Independent School District (currently an alternative middle school). A Methodist Church and community cemetery were founded in the early 1870s, just to the west of the stagecoach stop.

The area was fairly active as Locke's Hill for sometime although began to decline around the mid 1880s, although the school remained the center of precinct politics on top of education. Mary and William divorced in 1880. Lewis Lacey died in 1900, Mary in 1910, and William in 1912.

In 1906 Camp Bullis opened at the extreme edge of Bexar County. The US Army would march troops from Fort Sam Houston up the Fredericksburg Road on a two day march. At the end of the first March, the troops would stay at a makeshift camp on Locke's Hill, which they began calling Eleven-Mile Hill, a name that also stuck with the area for sometime after. The troops continued to march to Eleven-Mile Hill until the ramp up to World War I, where they changed their stop to Nine-Mile Hill at the corner of Fredericksburg and Wurzbach Road.

The Cemetery (sans Church, which was moved into San Antonio proper), both schools, and the two Lockehill-Selma Roads were all that existed of the Locke's Hill name by the 1950s (The second Lockehill-Selma Road was renamed Thousand Oaks in the 1970s). The stagecoach stables were demolished for apartments in the late 90s (and if I'd known those were the old stablehouses, I would have pitched a fit to the historical societies).

I went to Locke Hill Elementary, which was 112 years old at the time, I grew up on Locke's Hill itself from 1980-1984, I lived in between the Huebner and Locke Hill stagecoach from 1984-1991, I went to the stagecoach stop daily from 1992-1995, and my first apartment was less than a half mile from the intersection in 1994 and 1995.

My history is piecemeal and may not be completely correct, but I like to think of Locke Hill as my home.


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