Hope Texas History
in a Pecan Shell
The community came into being prior to the Texas Revolution and took itís
name from the trading post. The population peaked just prior to the Civil War
and although figures arenít available, it is said that out of one hundred Confederate
Volunteers from Hope, only seven made it home at the end of the war.
Most residents were German immigrants and church services and schooling were conducted
in that language. A post office was opened in 1857, closing in 1906, the first
community school was built that same time. Itís not known what effect the Great
Depression had on Hope, but after WWII
the population had decreased to just 50.
In the mid 1980s the community
still had two churches and two stores, although the population had shrunk to only
ten residents. Many members of the congregations of the two churches lived in
The few remaining residents of
Hope collected the money to buy the closed school Ė which was restored as a community
center. The present population has been used since 1990.