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PLUM, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas S

Highway 71 between Houston and Austin
8 miles W of La Grange
37 miles W of Columbus
24 miles E of Bastrop
Population: 95 est. (2010)

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Anton Legler General Merchandise Store, Plum, TX - 1920s
Anton Legler General Merchandise Store in Plum, 1920s
Legler Estate Collection. submitted Carolyn Heinsohn, FCHC
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History in a Pecan Shell

Originally called Plum Grove, it is the second oldest established community in Fayette County, having been settled as early land grants to Andrew Castleman in 1828 and John Cooke in 1831. Original settlers were Tennesseans. The Plum Baptist Church was the first Baptist church in Texas west of the Colorado River.

In 1880 a post office was established, and by 1900 the community was thriving with every essential business and even its own doctor. By 1950 the population had grown to 280. By the 1980s the population had declined to less than 100 but the town still retained its post office. The former town center remains, allthough the post office has moved in recent years to a non-descript modular box on the highway.
Coca Cola advertising car, and Plum  post office
The Plum Post Office as it appeared in 1939
Photo Courtesy La Grange Chamber of Commerce
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Plum Texas Prairie Valley Church
Prairie Valley Church in Plum
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2003
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Downtown Plum TX
In 2004 a piano restoration company occupies downtown Plum.
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Plum, TX - Legler's Hall, - 1940s
Legler's Hall, circa 1940s - Relocated to the Marburger Farm antique venue between Warrenton and Round Top
Legler Estate Collection. submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, FCHC

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