a Pecan Shell
chief engineer of the Southern Pacific Railroad is the towns namesake.
Converse purchased the land in the late 1870s and a post office opened
Only thirty people were reported in the mid 1880s. Ten years later
the situation hadnít changed much, but the town did have the basic
building blocks for growth (a saloon, cotton gins and grocery). A
predominately German settlement, its proximity to San
Antonio was both a blessing and a curse.
At the end of WWII
the population was still less than 200, but grew to 900 by the mid
1960s. The 1990 census reported nearly 9,000 and in 2000 it had surpassed
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact