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MOFFAT, TEXAS

Bell County, North Central Texas

West of State Highway 36
About 8 Miles NW of Temple
N of Belton

Population: 150 est. (2010)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The community dates from early 1857 when Amelia Vancil and Chauncey Warren Moffet decided Bell County needed another town. A store was opened in the 1860s and the community was known by a variety of names. Mount Green, Gandertown, Moffatville and Moffatttown. In 1872 in order to get a post office, townsfolk had to to decide on a permanent name and they settled on just plain Moffat.

The 1880s were good times for Moffat. Besides having most essential businesses, three churches and a school, it enjoyed a healthy population of 200. Moffat peaked in 1890 with a population of 350 as its high-water mark.

But with the dawning of the Twentieth Century. Moffat had declined to just 147 residents.

The post office closed and mail was diverted to Bland. In 1925 a new post office was opened but closed again in 1926.

After WWII through the mid 1980s, Moffat's population see-sawed between 75 and 100 residents. The local school merged with Belton
's ISD in the mid 1970s. The population was given as 150 for the 1990 and 2000 census.

A historical marker on State Highway 36 commemorates the town.

Moffat TX - Bell County 1896 Postmark
Moffat TX - Bell County 1896 Postmark
Cover cancelled with Moffat TX 1896 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Bell County Texas 1907 Postal map
Bell County Texas 1907 Postal Map showing Moffat
(Northern Bell County, near Coryell County line)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Moffat, Texas
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