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    BLUE, TEXAS

    Lee County, Central Texas South
    FM 696
    10 Miles NE of McDade
    8 Miles W of Lexington
    14 miles NW of Giddings

    Population: Unk

    Where to Stay
    Giddings Hotels

    Blue Texas sign
    The Blue Sign is Green
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    First named Blue Branch after a stream, Brothers Joseph, William and Isaac Jackson are credited with founding the town around 1846. The three were veterans of the Mexican War and received a one-third league grant for their service. The tree where the brothers first camped was still standing in the 1970s.

    With no water, the brothers went to Wooly Branch and dug a canal to power a mill - the first west of the Brazos. They are also credited with building a horse-powered cotton gin just north of the settlement.

    In 1876 and 1877 the town was under the thumb of a band of local outlaws. Five citizens had been shot in a short span of time and everyone knew who the assassins were. Four of the men were caught and hung from the same tree while two of the gang escaped and were never seen again.

    A post office was granted in 1878 and a Methodist church was organized that same year. One of Blue's first preachers was H.S. Thrall, author of Thrall's History of Texas - a textbook for many school districts for many years.

    William (Uncle Bill) Jackson operated a small chair factory and reportedly some of his chairs are still in use. The post office closed briefly - and when it was reopened in 1897, the new name had been abbreviated to Blue. In 1906 the Blue school reportedly held thirty-three students. Without a railroad and in a somewhat isolated location, Blue entered into a decline, starting with the permanent closing of the post office in 1913. The school merged with the Lexington ISD in 1941 and in 1945 the population was a mere twenty-five. Today it's listed as a " dispersed rural community." The church and store are still in operation in 2004.

    Where to Stay > Giddings Hotels

    Blue Texas Today

    Photographer's Note:
    There were two buildings in town, a few scattered houses. The church was on one end of town, the store on the other. I wonder how long the sign war has been going on! - Sarah Reveley, February 24, 2008
    Blue United Methodist Church, Blue Texas
    The Methodist Church at Blue
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    Church cistern, Blue Texas
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    Blue Texas store
    Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, February 2008
    Political Correctness sign, Blue Texas
    Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, February 2008
    Blue Texas church sign
    Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, February 2008

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    Giddings Hotels

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