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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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Entering Austonio
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
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.
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
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
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Austonio Tx -  Site of Old Block House Centennial Marker
Site of Old Block House Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
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Austonio Tx - BBQ
BBQ
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