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GERALD, TEXAS

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McLennan County, North Central Texas
FM 308
2 Miles SW of Leroy
About 17 Miles NE of Waco

Population: Unknown

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McLennan County, Gerald TX, St Pauls United Church Of Christ
Gerald St. Pauls United Church Of Christ
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2004
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Named to honor McLennan County Judge George Bruce Gerald, the community was granted a post office in March of 1888.

By the mid-1890s Gerald peaked with a population of 300 served by two general stores and a cotton gin. Shortly thereafter, the town went into a decline. The post office closed in 1904 and the population fell to 126 that year.

The town managed to get through the Great Depression although population figures arenít available. After WWII Geraldís school merged with those in West, Texas. Today only the church and cemetery remain.
McLennan County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 McLennan County postal map showing Gerald (NE of Waco)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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