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MYRA, TEXAS

Cooke County, North Central Texas
FM 1198 Just 1.6 Miles S of Highway 82
About 12 Miles W of Gainesville
About 5 Miles E of Muenster
Population: 0070 (2000)

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Myra History in a Pecan Shell

Like many Texas towns, Myra was named after a woman. In this case Myra was the daughter of the railroad’s construction superintendent. The railroad was the Gainesville, Henrietta and Western and the year was 1887. The rails were heading westward from Gainesville to Henrietta and Myra became a stop on the line.

A landowning company decided to plat a town on the south side of the tracks in 1900 and the company’s agent (Geo. Aldridge) starting selling town lots – but recording sales in the county records as being in Aldridge, Texas. The post office retained the name Myra and George Aldridge lost his bid on his self-named town. Both communities became “greater” Myra.

Oil was discovered in Cooke County in 1898 and one of the early wells was in Myra. But even before the town could arrange a boom, drillers found that the well wouldn’t bring up enough oil to justify further exploration.

In 1902 the town’s water infrastructure was started and telephone service was begun. A hospital was established in 1914 by the town’s druggist and Myra received electricity in 1919 when a generating plant was built.

Although Myra wasn’t abandoned by the railroad, it was bypassed by the new highway (82) when it was built in the early 1930s. Businesses moved to the county seat and the population declined.

By 1988 the population was 70 – the same estimate given for the 2000 census.

A Day Trip to Myra, Texas

Myra TX - Ice 25lb 10C
ICE 25LB 10C
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Myra TX Masonic Lodge
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Myra TX - Myra Baptist Church
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Myra TX Closed Business
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Myra TX Old School
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Myra TX Store
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Myra TX Store
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Myra TX - Water Tank
Myra water tank
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