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BUCKHOLTS, TEXAS

Milam County, Central Texas South

3052'26"N 977'30"W (30.873919, -97.125128).

FM 1915
TX Hwy. 36 and US Hwy. 190
9 miles NW of Cameron the county seat
24 miles NW of Rockdale
23 miles SE of Temple
Population: 515 (2010) 387 (2000) 335 (1990)

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Buckholts, Texas main street
Main Street in Buckholts
Photo by John Troesser, 6-03
History in a Pecan Shell

John A. Buckholts donated land for the townsite when the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway arrived in 1881. It was named in his honor and a post office was granted the following year.

German, Austrian, and Czech farmers grew the dominant crop of cotton in the 1880s and 1890s. The school was built in 1896. Buckholtz had telephone service by 1914.

Population estimates:
1884: 61
1900: 182
1920s to the 1940s: 800
1980: 362
1990: 335
2000: 387
2010: 515

Today the wide main street still has many buildings dating to the 1930s as well as two cotton gins one of which is still in use.
Buckholts, Texas - City Limit Population sign
Buckholts City Limit. POP. 515
Photo courtesy John Germann, March 2016
People

Renaissance Man of Buckholts by Clay Coppedge

Civilization as we know it did not develop on John Greiner's place northwest of here but it might seem that way when you're touring his place via the Little River Miniature Railroad.

Greiner lives in a castle on the backroads - almost the backwoods - of Milam County. He built the castle himself, stone by stone, over the course of 20 years and 120 tons of limestone rock.

The Little River Miniature Railroad rolls above its turgid namesake, across Beetle Gulch and past the workshop with the words "Little River Aeroplane" written across the front.

Greiner is the man at the throttle. He built and installed the tracks on which the steam engine travels. The steam engine? It took three years of working two hours a night but, yes, he built that too. "I never missed a night," he says. "Of course, I worked on it some during the day too."

The first 1/8 replica steam engine has been such a success ... more

Buckholts Landmarks

Photo Gallery
Buckholtz TX -  SPJST dance hall, meeting hall
Buckholts has one of the rare SPJST octagonal buildings,
used as dance and meeting hall.

Photo by John Troesser, 6-03
Buckholtz TX -  Main Street
Buckholts streetscape
Photo by John Troesser, 6-03
Buckholtz TX - Main street old store buildings
Old store buildings on main street
Photo by John Troesser, 6-03
Buckholtz TX - Old store building
Store building on main street
Photo by John Troesser, 6-03
Buckholts, Texas - Cafe downtown
Buckholts Post Office Cafe downtown
Photo courtesy John Germann, March 2016
Photographer's Note:
"[In March 2016] the main street still has many older buildings that are abandoned but still standing. We had fun cruising up and down the street, taking all kinds of pics." - John Germann
Buckholts, Texas Post Office

Buckholts Post Office, TX 76518
Photo courtesy John Germann, March 2016
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Buckholts, Texas - Antique Store
Antique
Photo courtesy John Germann, March 2016
Buckholts, Texas - Thrift shop
Thrift Shop
Photo courtesy John Germann, March 2016
Buckholts, Texas - Building
Photo courtesy John Germann, March 2016
Buckholts, Texas - street scene
Buckholts street scene
Photo courtesy Bill Trevillion, March 2016
Buckholtz TX -  Coca Cola ghost sign
Coca Cola ghost sign
Photo by John Troesser, 6-03
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Buckholts, Texas - Dry Goods ghost sign
Buckholts
Photo courtesy John Germann, March 2016
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Buckholtz TX - Volunteer  Fire Dept. Fire Engine
Buckholts Fire Dept. Fire Engine
Photo by John Troesser, 6-03
Buckholtz TX - Old gas stations
Old gas station
Photo by John Troesser, 6-03
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Buckholtz TX - Raymond's Garage
Raymond's Garage
Photo by John Troesser, 6-03
Buckholtz TX - "Building Set for Demolition'
Building "Set for Demolition"
Photo by John Troesser, 6-03

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Buckholts, Texas Nearby Towns:
Cameron the county seat
Rockdale | Austin | Temple
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