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DANVILLE, TEXAS

Montgomery County, East Texas
About 4 Miles W of New Waverly
N of Conroe
Population: Unknown

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History in a Pecan Shell

The name is said to have been given by former residents of Danville, Illinois who relocated here as early as 1830. This nearly forgotten community was said to be thriving in 1838 - which, for Texas settlement is really saying something. In 1850, the community was still described as vibrant.

Danville peaked in the mid 1800s. A population of 1000 at that time included 600 who were slaves. The town had all essential businesses including a saddle shop, hotel and inn. Its economy was the envy of towns much larger.

In 1858 a barbecue was held in honor of Sam Houston, who personally attended the event. In 1870. in an all too familiar story, Danville was bypassed by the railroad when nearby Willis received that economic blessing. Decades later it was dealt another blow - this time by U.S. Highway 75 which was routed through New Waverly.

Polish immigration was strong in this region and in 1872, Father Orzechowski led the establishment of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Though abandoned in the 1920s, there is a historical marker to note the church.

As early as the 1980s it had become a dispersed rural community.
Danville, TX, Montgomery County, 1850s postmark
Danville, TX, Montgomery County, 1850s postmark
Cover cancelled with 1850s Danville postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

Danville, Texas Forum

"A very interesting old town. There are still exit signs off I-45 (both directions) labeled "Danville Road." - John J. Germann, January 14, 2015

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