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BEN ARNOLD, TEXAS
AKA Benarnold, Texas

Milam County, Central Texas S
Highway 77
7 miles N of Cameron
9 miles S of Rosebud
29 miles SE of Temple
Population: 148 Est. (2000)

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Old store in Ben Arnold, Texas
An old store in Ben Arnold
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone 8-15-04
History in a Pecan Shell

Although railroad towns have been named for people ranging from engineers, officials, brakemen to even the first person to detrain at a new stop (Dilley), this is the first town we're aware of that was named for the "mascot" of the first train to arrive. It was 3-year old Bennie Arnold (a little girl).

A local post office was operating by 1892. In 1896 the population was a healthy 125 residents, rising to 250 in the mid 1920s. By the late 60s it was down to148. Ben Arnold schools consolidated with Cameron ISD in the 1970s.

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