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    BELMONT, TEXAS

    Gonzales County, Central Texas South
    Highway 80 and Alt 90
    9 miles South of Luling
    16 miles West of Gonzales
    18 miles East of Seguin

    Population 60

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    Belmont, Texas
    Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, February 2008

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Belmont started life as a stagecoach stop in the 1840s. They used the name Centerville, probably because of its equidistant location between Seguin and Gonzales. The name didnít sit to well with Centerville in East Texas and the application for a post office was turned down. The name Belmont was chosen and according to the Handbook of Texas, it was named for the Belmont family of horse racing fame (The Belmont Stakes) although no reason is given.

    The population never got higher than 125, due to its being so close to the population centers of Luling, Seguin and Gonzales. At its peak, there were several stores, a sawmill and a cotton gin in Belmont. The ruin of one of the stores still faces the highway today, directly across from the one operating business.

    Belmontís footnote to Texas history is that it was the site of the capture of Gregorio Cortez in 1901.
    Belmontís Goss Barbeque and Mr. Goss
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    Belmont Texas
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    Goss Cotton Gin, Belmont Texas
    The Goss Cotton Gin in Belmont - no longer standing
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    Guadalupe River falls
    Guadalupe River falls
    1919 photo courtesy Sarah Reveley

    Belmont Chronicles

    From Murray Montgomery's "Lone Star Diary":
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    Movie star Goldie Hawn and actor Ben Johnson were in Belmont, Texas, in March of 1973, filming portions of the movie, "Sugarland Express."


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