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HOPE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Lavaca County, Central Texas South
Highways 111 and 77
6 Miles from Yoakum
24 Miles SW of Hallettsville
33 Miles N of Victoria
Population: 00045 (2000)


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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 Yoakum.

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.
Hope Tx United Methodist Church
Hope United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
Hope Tx United Methodist Church historical marker
United Methodist Church of Hope historical marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
Hope Baptist Church Hope Tx
Hope Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
Hope Baptist Church historical marker, Hope Tx
Hope Baptist Church historical marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
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Lavaca County Texas 1907 Postal map
Lavaca County 1907 postal map showing Hope
(SW corner of Lavaca County)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Hope, Texas
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