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    RIESEL, TEXAS

    McLennan County, North Central Texas
    State Highway 6 and FM 1860
    About 14 Miles SE of Waco

    Population: 000973 (2000)

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    Riesel TX
    Downtown Riesel
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2010
    History in a Pecan Shell

    During railroad expansion in the area (early 1880s) the Houston and Texas Central Railroad built a section house here and called it Roddy. German settlers started arriving about that time and the town’s namesake (W. H. Riesel) built a cotton gin here in 1890. The post office (also opened in 1890) first went by the name Prospect, Texas, but was changed in 1891.

    By the mid 1890s the community had most essential services including a hotel, two grocery stores, and two dry goods stores. Future growth was facilitated by the opening of not one, but two lumberyards.

    By 1900 the community had grown to a population of 268. Banks opened in 1906 and 1910.

    The 1930 census reported a population of 420 served by 20 businesses.

    It fell slightly to 403 by 1950 and growth has been slow, reaching just under 1,000 for the 2000 census.
    Riesel Tx - Closed Mt Moriah Church
    The closed Mt. Moriah Church
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    Riesel Tx - Meir Settlement Church
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