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Map of Medina County

Cliff, named for the rocky cliffs at nearby San Geronimo Creek, is on Farm Road 471 eighteen miles northeast of Castroville in northeast Medina County. The farming community was granted a post office in 1910 with Manuel Schuchart as postmaster. By 1914 Cliff had a post office, two general stores, and a school located on the north bank of San Geronimo Creek. Former students recalled that the sandy soil where the school was located would pack so hard that they could play tennis on it. The school had an enrollment of twenty in 1907. In 1926 a new school was built a mile south of the first and operated by the Maverick school district. In 1933 Cliff had a population of fifty and two businesses. In the mid-1940s the Maverick school district was consolidated with that of Medina Valley; by this time Cliff's general store had been abandoned. In the 1980s Cliff had a number of scattered dwellings along Farm Road 471, and a community hall occupied the former site of the Maverick school.

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Cliff is part of or belongs to the following places:

Currently Exists


Place type

Cliff is classified as a Town


Latitude: 29.52300780
Longitude: -98.81419270

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated