The town of McQueeney, in Guadalupe County and two miles from Seguin, dates from 1870. The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway arrived in 1876. True to this area of Texas, German settlers moved here first, evidenced by the town’s original name of Hilda. Later, McQueeney was allegedly renamed after the superintendent of the Southern Pacific line, although there is some uncertainty to this account. It is believed around 1900 that C.F. Blumberg built a store a mile east of Hilda, calling the site McQueeney in an attempt to influence where the train would eventually stop. It didn’t work and the railway did not move from Hilda.
Railway bride in McQueeny, Flickr.com
In 1900 McQueeney was able to claim a post office, two general stores and 40 residents. During the 1940s, the town’s population grew to about 300, while the next estimate is at 2,500 in the 1990s and 2000s. Today it is primarily a resort area.
When the Guadalupe River was dammed in 1925, Lake McQueeney was created and quickly became a popular recreation area. The town and lake also went by the name of Lake Abbott for a time but after 1925 it never changed again. By 1925, the area had become popular for recreation and summer homes.
The lake's prominent feature is Treasure Island, a residential area reached by a connecting bridge. Most of the lake is approximately 10 feet deep, with deeper sections along the center channel. There is no public access to the lake, and residents enjoy boating, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing. Lake McQueeney is home to the "Ski-Bees" ski club and is used heavily year-round by water skiers and boating being one of the most popular activities.
Boating on the fourth, Lake McQueeny.org
View of Treasure Island, Lake McQueenie, Guadalupe County
Fishermen are the most frequent visitors as they return even in colder weather. Many people come to the lake to relax throughout the year, not only during the high season. Because of this, Lake McQueeney has a steady stream of visitors especially over weekends. Game species include largemouth bass, Guadalupe bass, striped bass, crappie and catfish. Largemouths spawn on McQueeney from late February into mid-April.
Summer in Lake McQueeny, Lake McQueeney.org
The Friends of Lake McQueeney is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality of Lake McQueeney, Texas for the enjoyment of all those who live, work and play on the lake. http://www.lakemcqueeney.org/ This site is primarily designed for members to access information and news about the Lake but a good source for those wanting to learn more about the area.
Additional information for Lake McQueeney can be found at Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) at their website of http://www.gbra.org/recreation/lakemcqueeney.aspx.