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A Brief History of Edge Falls

Edge Falls is named after William B Edge. He was born in Madison County, Alabama on April 13, 1825. He married Josephine Carter in Olgethorpe County, Georgia on December 4, 1850. His two daughters, Josephine and Sarah, and his oldest son, William T. Edge were born in Georgia. In 1855 the family moved to Saline County, Arkansas. Sons John, George, and Frank were born there. In 1862, the year that Kendall County, Texas was formed, the family moved to the Curry's Creek Community. A fifth son, Marlin, was born there in 1869, but died in 1877. John died in 1878.

In 1878 W. B. Edge purchased undivided interest in the Elisa Maxey survey which was one league of land (4,428 acres.) In 1882 he acquired the rest of the property. He sold some of the property to each of his three sons. George Edge came to be in possession of the property on which Edge Falls is located. After his death his daughter, Amy Edge Harwell, inherited the portion of the property containing the falls.

Edge Falls is located on Curry's Creek. The waterfall is about thirty-five feet high. Cliffs around the pool into which the water flows are as high as fifty feet. Many scuba divers have reported that the pool is extremely deep and some have even said it is bottomless. However, I can assure you that I have been everywhere around the bottom of the pool and it is only about thirty feet deep at its deepest point.

Due to extreme drought conditions and excessive drawdown of the aquifers the falls seldom runs now. Although the creek is dry above the falls most of the time, from the pool down to the point at which Curry's Creek runs into the Guadalupe River (about 4 miles) the creek has never stopped. That is because the springs that run into the pool from the base of the cliff have never dried up.

For many years people were allowed to visit the falls for an admission fee. When the falls was last open the admission charge was $1.00 per person per day. For the admission charge a person could swim, fish, hike, or camp. Natural scientists have spent time studying the varied plant and animal life found in the canyon.  Several plants that are rare for this area grow along the creek and one plant called the Edge Falls anemone is found only at this site.