Sattler - Gateway to Canyon Lake LbNA # 53000
|Placed Date||Apr 10 2010|
Distance to Letterbox: 40 yards
This letterbox is located in a small park below Canyon Lake dam where the Guadelupe River starts again. Great place to sit and hear the rushing water and enjoy the huge cypress trees. The image of the stamp is of Canyon Lake, but it is dedicated to Sattler, Texas which is just below the dam. Sattler was named for William Sattler, who opened a post office in his home in 1856. The town was also called Mountain Valley and Walhalla in the past. Later the post office was moved to a general store, which became a social center for area farmers and ranchers. Sattler had about 25 residents until just after WWII. By 1950 it was almost deserted, but in the mid 60's Canyon Dam was created which inundated the valley above Sattler and the town served residents and tourist to the lake. In 1990 the population was close to 30 people, and had stayed virtually the same in 2000. My guess is that the 2010 count will jump that number dramatically.
From Sattler and FM 2673, take Dam Cutoff Road and go past the Dam Overlook Park cutoff on your left. As you bend right you will cross the guadelupe (on right) and dam will be on your left. Turn in just after cross and park near the big sign for Guadelupe-Blanco River Authority. The river should now be to your right.
To the Letterbox:
From the sign, find cement stairs going down. Walk to bottom. Turn left on dirt road counting 17 steps. Now go up the steep hill to the back side of the large tree. Box is under rock pile. Once done, take boardwalk on down to viewing area for the river.