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RHOME, TEXAS

Wise County, North Central Texas
Highway 287/81
12 Miles SE of Decatur

A short drive from Aurora
Population: 1027(2007 Est.)

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B.C. Rhome Ranch letterhead,  Rhome Texas
Rhome Ranch letterhead
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
History in a Pecan Shell

A group of former Missourians can be credited with founding Rhome. It dates from the late 1850s when it was then known as Prairie Point. The spot was the juncture of two stage lines a natural spot for town founding. A post office opened in 1858 and within a few years the community was second only to Decatur
.

But by 1863 the community was all but deserted. In 1882 the railroad arrived (nearby) and the town was renamed after rancher Byron C. Rhome. A new post office opened under the new name in 1883.

The town had 175 residents in the early 1890s and was home to two flour mills one of which produced a product called Gold Medal flour. The name was acquired in the 1930s by General Mills and can still be found on grocery shelves.

Highway 81 was built through Rhome in the late 1930s and population estimates have stayed within the 400-600 range until the 1990 census when it reached 605. The 2000 census shows a slight decline to 551.
Cattle, B.C. Rhome Ranch letterhead,  Rhome Texas
"Pure Bred Hereford Cattle" - Rhome Ranch letterhead
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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Old Mill On Old Mill Street, RhomeTx
Old Mill On Old Mill Street
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Rhome, Texas rock gas station
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Rhome Texas old water tower
Rhome water tower
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