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  • PRAIRIE HILL, TEXAS

    Limestone County, North Central Texas
    FM 339 and FM 73
    About 22 Miles NW of Groesbeck
    Population: 00150 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    The name comes from an elevated area found between the Navasota River and Christmas Creek. A post office opened in 1884 and by 1890 there were about 25 residents.

    The 1890s were the communityís growth years with a Masonic lodge, a school and a blacksmith shop joining the existing store, gristmill and cotton gins. By mid-decade, the population had swelled to 250 and the town could boast of two hotels and five churches. But as early as 1904, the population started drifting away. It fell to 152 and the post office shut its doors until the mid 1920s when it reopened. On the eve of the Great Depression, Prairie Hillís population had reached 300. It was one of the rare towns in Texas to gain population as the Depression set in. By 1933 it had reached 500 but the boom only lasted a few years.

    By the end of WWII, Prairie Hill was back to 400 residents, declining to 350 in 1947.and down to 150 by 1975 (where it remained through the 2000 census).

    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, and vintage/historic photos of their town/subject, please contact us.

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