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BLUM, TEXAS

Hill County, North Central Texas
FM 933 and FM 67
15 miles NW of Hillsboro
Near the northern edge of Lake Whitney
Population: 452(2010) 399(2000) 358(1990)

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Blum Tx Ghost Sign
Ghost sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named for Leon Blum, a prominent Galveston merchant and railroad official.

Philip Nolan was reportedly capturing horses in the area long before Texas Independence. Real settlement didn't get underway until the 1880s with the arrival of the railroad (the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe). The town was platted on land belonging to one W. H. Taylor who sold farmland as city lots.

A post office was granted in 1882, and the first school opened the following year.

Blum was the home of Gus Bailey, the husband of Circus Queen Mollie Bailey. He remained in Blum because of poor health while Mollie traveled all over the state managing the circus.

The population of Blum was just over 300 in 1890 and it surpassed 1,000 by 1908.

That same year over 5,000 bales of cotton were ginned and shipped and the town incorporated in 1913. The population dropped to 550 in the 1920s and it declined further to 403 during the Great Depression.
Blum Tx water tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007

The Town's Namesake - Leon Blum, 1837-1906

Leon Blum, businessman and philanthropist, was born in Alsace, in 1837, immigrating to Texas in 1854. His first store in Richmond moved to Galveston in 1869 and he reportedly became the largest importer of dry goods in the state.

His interest in cotton led him to invest in the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, resulting in Blum, Texas being named in his honor in 1881.

He contributed to the Bayland Orphans' Home for Boys and to various schools. He died at Galveston and was buried in the Hebrew Cemetery there.
Blum Tx Methodist Church
Blum Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Blum Tx Baptist Church
Blum Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Blum Texas street scene
Blum street scene
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Blum Tx cemetery
Blum Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Blum Cemetery Historical marker
Blum Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007

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