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PONDER, TEXAS

Denton County, North Central Texas
Formerly at the crossroads of FM 156 and FM 2449
8 Miles SW of Denton
41 Miles N of Fort Worth
Population: 507 (2000)

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Ponder State Bank building detail, Ponder Texas
Ponder State Bank building detail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

Settlement had begun in the 1850s when a gristmill was established by one Silas Christal. Christal and his neighbors sat in tranquility, milling grist and swapping stories until the railroad arrived in 1886.

With typical arrogance, the railroad renamed the community Gerald Ė the namesake being long forgotten. When it became time for a post office, the residents were shocked and saddened to learn the name was already in use.

Enter landowner and Denton banker W. A. Ponder, who stepped forward to help out. His name was accepted by postal authorities and in 1893, storekeeper C. N. Skaggs opened the Ponder post office in his place of business.

H. F. Wakefield donated land for Ponderís first school in 1897 but it wasnít until 1903 that the town was properly surveyed.

The Ponder State Bank and the Ponder Hotel opened in 1910 and a waterworks was in place and operating by 1912, even though the population was less than 100. In fact, the population was a mere 84 residents in the early 1920s.

The Ponder Rodeo began in 1939 and attracted attendees from all over the region. Rationing during WWII moved the event to Denton , but after the war it moved back. Denton had grown rather fond of hosting a rodeo and started its own in 1950. Ponder found out just how fickle the public can be. Dentonís success caused Ponder to abandon their event.

Typically, Ponderís population was around 250. It dropped to 179 in the 1970s, but has since increased to 432 by 1990 and 507 by 2000.

Ponder State Bank building , Ponder Texas
Ponder State Bank building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
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Ponder Methodist Church
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Church Of Christ in Ponder
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