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    AUSTONIO, TEXAS

    Houston County, East Texas
    Highway 21
    14 Miles SW of Crockett
    Population 37 (est since 1990)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Originally called Pearville, the name wasn't popular with residents and so they held a contest in 1930. Ruth Tucker won the contest with the name Austonio - an amalgam of Austin and San Antonio. The fact that the town is easily 250 miles from either city evidently didn't count.

    A post office was granted in 1932 and in 1940 there were 150 people to call Austonio home. The decline set in after WWII and school consolidation with Lovelady in 1964 shattered any hopes of regaining population. The post office closed its doors in 1971, followed by the other stores that closed one by one.
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    Entering Austonio
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
    Austonio Tx church

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
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    Austonio Tx - Samuel Cartmill Hiroms  historical marker

    Samuel Cartmill Hiroms historical marker
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    Austonio Tx -  Site of Old Block House Centennial Marker
    Site of Old Block House Centennial Marker
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