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ABBOTT, TEXAS

Hill County, Central Texas North

3153'2"N 974'32"W (31.883865, -97.075680)
Just E of I-35
10 miles S of Hillsboro the county seat
24 miles N of Waco
Population: 356 (2010) 321 (2000) 314 (1990)

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Abbott TX water tower
Abbott water tower. More Texas Water Towers
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named after Joseph Abbott, lawyer, teacher, judge, and U. S. congressman for District Twenty (Ellis, Hill, Kaufman, and Navarro counties).

The Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad arrived in 1881 and a post office was opened the following year.

In the 1890s Abbott had two cotton gins, and a gristmill as well as the essential businesses every small town needed. The town had a series of fires (1897, 1903 and 1904) but rebuilt each time. An interurban railway connecting Forth Worth and Waco was established in 1913 - the same year Abott was electrified.

In 1920 a paved highway was built and things looked promising. But after the Great Depression arrived, the town became a flagstop on the railroad. School enrollment was 240 in 1930 but with consolidations of other schools - this increased to over 500.

From only 156 people in 1890, Abbott reached it's peak in 1914 with 713 citizens. By the start of WWII there were only 264 people - not far from what it is today.

It is against the law in Texas to mention Abbott without declaring that Willie Nelson is from Abbott. Old-timers still remember Willie carrying his guitar to school and one person we talked to reported that he thought that Willie's sister played guitar better than he did.

[Willie Nelson by Dorothy Hamm]
[
Wild Willie's Picnic by Murray Montgomery]


Abbott Texas Landmarks

Abbott City Hall, Texas
Abbott City Hall
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
Abbott Tx Methodist And Baptist Churches
Abbott United Methodist and Baptist Churches
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
Abbott Tx Baptist Church
Abbott Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
Abbott Baptist Church historical marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
Abbott Tx United Methodist  Church
Abbott United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
Abbott United Methodist Church marker
Abbott United Methodist Church marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007

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Abbott Grocery, Abbott, Texas
Abbott Grocery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
Abbott  Texas store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007

Scott Chapel Cemetery
aka Hejls Cemetery

Hill County
Abbott, Texas
Hill County, Abbott TX - Scott Chapel Cemetery AKA Hejls Cemetery  sign
Hill County, Abbott TX - Scott Chapel Cemetery AKA Hejls Cemetery
Scott Chapel Cemetery sign
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, July 2018
Hill County, Abbott TX - Scott Chapel Cemetery AKA Hejls Cemetery
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, July 2018
Hill County, Abbott TX - Scott Chapel Cemetery  Lum Hardin Private C. E.11th Infantry 5th Division

Lum C. Hardin tombstone
Private Co. E. 11th Infantry 5th Division
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, July 2018

Hill County, Abbott TX - Scott Chapel Cemetery AKA Hejls Cemetery
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, July 2018
Hill County, Abbott TX - Scott Chapel Cemetery AKA Hejls Cemetery
Vandalized
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, July 2018
Hill County, Abbott TX - Scott Chapel Cemetery AKA Hejls Cemetery
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, July 2018
Hill County, Abbott TX - Scott Chapel Cemetery AKA Hejls Cemetery  tombstone
Sam McFall tombstone
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, July 2018
Hill County, Abbott TX - Scott Chapel Cemetery AKA Hejls Cemetery
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, July 2018
Hill County, Abbott TX - Scott Chapel Cemetery AKA Hejls Cemetery
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, July 2018
Hill County, Abbott TX - Scott Chapel Cemetery AKA Hejls Cemetery  Lambert tombstones
Lambert graves
Click on image to enlarge

Photo courtesy Jen Basham, July 2018
Abbott Cemetery, Texas
Abbott Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007

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Willie Nelson by Dorothy Hamm
Wild Willie's Picnic by Murray Montgomery


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Abbott, Texas Nearby Towns:
Hillsboro the county seat
See Hill County | North Central Texas

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