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HILL'S PRAIRIE , TEXAS

Bastrop County, Central Texas South
Hillís Prairie Road (off of FM 304)
About 10 Miles SE of Bastrop
W of Smithville
Population: 0050 (2000)

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Bastrop County - Hills Prairie TX Grazing in a Pecan Grove
Grazing in a Pecan Grove
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History in a Pecan Shell

First settled in the 1830s, Elisha Barton and Edward Jenkins are credited with being the areaís first settlers. In 1833 a man by the name of John Gilmer McGehee visited the region and left Ė returning two years later with 140 people from Georgia and Alabama.

Edward Jenkins had since died and his widow sold substantial acreage to Abram Wylie Hill. The settlement was thereafter referred to as Hillís Prairie.

A private school was constructed and in 1843, the community had a cotton gin Ė constructed by Wylie Hill himself.

In 1877 a post office was granted and seven years later the population was reported as 30 residents.

In the late 1880s the name of the post office changed to McDonald's Store, but two years later Sarah Hill became postmistress and the name reverted to Hillís Prairie.

Hillís Prairie found itself with a railroad connection in the 1880s when an extension of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad arrived. In the mid 1890s the population had risen to 50 and town businesses included a drugstore as well as a general store.

1914 found Hillís Prairie with a population of 75, but for some reason, the 1925 figure was given as 6. The proximity to Bastrop had to have been a factor, but the town closed its school in 1928 and by 1930 the post office closed its doors. There was a slight rise in the population as the Great Depression wound down, and although it rose to 62 by the late 1960s, a decline again set in and the 1990 census reported 35 residents. It has since risen to 50 for the 2000 count.

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Bastrop County - Hills Prairie TX Baptist Church
Hill's Prairie Baptist Church
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Bastrop County - Hills Prairie TX Baptist Church Sign
Rip shops for a church
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Bastrop County - Hills Prairie TX - Mailboxes by the Pecan Grove
Mailboxes by the Pecan Grove
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Bastrop County - Hills Prairie TX Exotic Livestock
Exotic Livestock
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Bastrop County - Spring in Hills Prairie TX
Spring
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Bastrop County - Hills Prairie TX tree
Not your everyday tree
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Bastrop County - Hill in Hills Prairie TX
The Hill in Hill's Prairie?
TE photo, April 2010
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