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    CHIRENO, TEXAS

    Nacogdoches County, East Texas
    State Highway 21
    16 miles W of San Augustine
    18 miles SE of Nacogdoches
    30 miles from Lufkin (via FM 95)

    Population: 415


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    Chireno, East Texas piney woods
    The piney woods in Chireno
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    History in a Pecan shell

    The town was named for one of the original Spanish settlers - Jose Antonio Chireno. Perhaps Chireno's most famous resident was dancer/ movie star Ann Miller who used to spend summers on her grandparent's farm.

    A timeline of significant historic events in Chireno

    1790: The Spanish government granted land to settlers
    1837: John Newton Fall, of Georgia (the first Anglo settler) bought land from Josť Chirino.
    That same year Samuel Flournoy, built a large two-story house that served as the town's first post office.
    1839: Chireno got it's first public school.
    1846: the Flournoy house became a stagecoarch stop.
    The Civil War:
    The men of fighting age in Chireno left the area to serve defending the Texas coast. Others operated a tannery supplying boots, saddles, harnesses and reins for the Southern cause.
    Reconstruction
    The Freedmen's Bureau opened an office nearby in Nacogdoches, and black soldiers were sent to Chireno as election monitors. The Ku Klux Klan organized locally to prevent black voting. Eventually tensions eased.

    1866: one of the first oil wells in Texas. was drilled.
    1912: the Angelina and Neches River Railroad came to Chireno from Lufkin.
    1990: The population of Chireno was 415.

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    Downtown Chireno
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    A closed church in Chireno, Texas
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    A church in the piney woods in Chireno, Texas
    Two views of a closed church in Chireno
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