in a Pecan Shell
The town’s probable namesake was early settler R. W.
"Mustang" Moore. The honor was not made for donating land, starting a school or
for being a railroad official. Mr. Moore was found in the doorway of his cabin
– dying from wounds received in an 1861 Indian raid.
A second (and more
often repeated) story claims that a stranger detrained in the town and uttered
that he could take "no more" of Texas. He found the
nearest crossbeam that could support his weight and hanged himself. This amusing
but dubious story doesn’t provide the name the town was operating under when the
stranger arrived. It would seem that if this story was true, we’d be writing about
Nomore, Texas. But it’s a colorful story.
The next event in Moore’s timeline
came in 1870 when August and Louisa Obets transmigrated from Henri Castro’s settlement.
The Obets became Moore’s first “permanent” settlers (which means they were not
killed by Indians).
After living in a sod-covered house, this pioneering
couple built a frame house in 1876 – providing an anchor for civilization to affix
itself to. Mr. Moore’s name lived on as Moore Hollow.
of 1881 fifty acres were sold for the development of a townsite. The buyer in
turn, granted a right-of-way to the International-Great Northern Railroad in early
1882. With the prestige of having a railroad connection, the community became
Moore Hollow Station and was granted a post office under that name. It
was that same year of 1882 when the first general store opened and a Masonic lodge
In two short years, the town added another general store,
a saloon and a hotel. The population had grown to 50, doubling by 1890. The 100
residents felt the name cumbersome, so in 1892 the Hollow was dropped, becoming
Moore Station. In 1897 the Station was dropped, making it just plain Moore
– the name by which its known today.
The town was thriving around 1900
and even a yellow fever epidemic in 1903 didn’t thwart growth. By 1910 it was
and one of the largest towns between San
Antonio and Laredo.
What yellow fever couldn’t do, the boll
weevil did. The great infestation of the early 1920s ruined the cotton
crop – Moore’s economic engine. The switch from farming to ranching eliminated
the need for workers and the town declined in population.
population reached 350 but dropped to 180 by 1950 – the year the Moore schools
merged into Pearsall’s ISD. Fom the 1970s
to 1990 the number of residents stabilized at an estimated 230. The 2000 census
shows a population increase to 644.
County TX 1907 Postal Map showing Moore|
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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