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MILANO, TEXAS

Milam County, Central Texas South

U.S. Highway 79 and State Highway 36
13 Miles SE of Cameron
8 Miles NE of Rockdale
Population: 400 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The history of Milano began with the railroad. In 1874 the International-Great Northern Railroad surveyed the site of the community – about a mile and a half from the present-day site. A post office was granted that same year.

As for the name, you can choose between an intended misspelling by the postal authorities because the name submitted was Milam and there was already a Milam, Texas or it was named after Milan, Italy.

In 1881 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built a town named “Milano Junction” alongside its tracks between Brenham and Belton. This site, two miles from the first Milano, was more appealing than the original and for awhile there was “Old Milan” and Milano Junction. Over time the Junction was dropped and the new town assumed the role of Milano.

The population reached 500 in the 1880s and Milano became a cotton shipping point. As cotton prices fell and the boll weevil infested crops, farmers started growing tomatoes, cantelopes and watermelons.

In 1939 Milano peaked with 920 residents. By the 1970s the population had declined to 380 and neared 500 in the late 1980s. The population was 400 for the 2000 census.

Milano Stories

  • The Eerie Demise of Johnny Horton by Clay Coppedge

  • Honky Tonk Man Johnny Horton, by Archie McDonald, PhD., "All Things Historical"
    On November 5, 1960, Horton was traveling in central Texas on Highway 79 to reach Shreveport, and lost his life in an auto accident in Milano, Texas.

  • Skyline Club by Clay Coppedge

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    Milano, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Cameron | Rockdale | Gause | Hearne
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