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BUCKHOLTS, TEXAS

Milam County, Central Texas S
FM 1915
Highways 36 and 190
22 miles SE of Temple
9 miles NW of Cameron
Population: 335 (2000)

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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
2000: 335

Today the wide main street still has many buildings dating to the 1930s as well as two cotton gins one of witch is still in use.


Buckholts has one of the rare SPJST octagonal buildings, used as dance and meeting hall.

Photo by John Troesser, 6-03
Old store buildings on main street

Photo by John Troesser, 6-03
Coca Cola ghost sign





A Coca Cola ghost sign

Photo by John Troesser, 6-03

Local Personality

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."

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