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BIRCH, TEXAS

Burleson County, Central Texas South

FM 60 and Birch Creek
About 8 Miles NW of Sommerville
Population: Unknown

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History in Pecan Shell

Settled sometime before 1850, Birch has been a farming community since its founding. Although it most certainly dates to the 1830s, the first official mention is in Burleson County records from 1846 - a year after Texas statehood.

The great Czech migration in the mid-1880s reached Caldwell and Czech immigrants spread out, buying local farmland from original Anglo settlers and also German immigrants who had preceded them. Birch received its post office in 1891 although it closed in 1908.

Before its consolidation with the Sommerville School District, Birch had its own school. Nothing disastrous occurred in Birch and the denizens lived happily. When WWII broke out, the population was around 25 residents and remained at that level through 1948 when post-war employment lured millions to bigger cities. Birch was no longer counting residents by the early 1960s, the former community was nothing but a small group of residences.

Birch, TX Burleson County 1907 Postmark info
Birch, TX Burleson County 1907 Postmark info
Cover cancelled with Birch, TX 1907 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Burleson County 1907 postal map
1907 postal map showing Birch in SW Burleson County
(From Texas state map #2090)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Birch, Texas Area Towns:
Caldwell | Sommerville | Brenham | Giddings
See Burleson County | Washington County | Lee County
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