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    CHOATE, TEXAS

    Karnes County, South Texas
    FM 239
    7 Miles SE of Kenedy
    67 Miles SE of San Antonio

    Population: 20 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Rancher James Monroe Choate became the town’s namesake when the community developed along the Goliad – Kenedy Road in the late 19th Century. Due to the number of residents from Oklahoma, the town was also known as “The Oklahoma Settlement.”

    From 1902 through 1909 Choate had its own post office as well as basic businesses. Population figures were only estimates, but from the 1930s until the drought years of the early 1950s, the estimate was a mere 75.

    The school managed to stay open until the 1960s and today the town remains on county maps with a 2000 population figure of 20.

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    Photographer's Note:
    My dad was the last Principle when the school closed in the mid 1960's. A few years ago they had a community burning (with firemen present) of the school to prevent the danger of the building falling in on anyone. The old cafeteria behind it is now used by the local Baptist Church. I've been told there is a plan in the works to make a small park inside the old school walls. Most students now attend the Pettus Independent School District. Choate is located in Karnes County on highway 239 SE of Kenedy going toward Goliad. - Will Beauchamp, November 07, 2008

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    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, October 2008
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