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RUN, TEXAS
AKA Runn

Texas Ghost Towns
Hidalgo County, South Texas
U.S. Highway 281
About 7 Miles S of Donna
SE of McAllen
Just N of the Rio Grande


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History in a Pecan Shell

Rice farming partners A. F. Hester and Tom J. Hooks from Beaumont saw opportunities here in 1898. They bought options on 13,000 acres. Work began in 1902 to turn the land into rice fields using irrigation canals.

In 1903 brothers George and Ed Ruthven arrived to open a store. The name Run was submitted for a post office (taken from the first two letters and the last letter in their surname). It was later relocated to Champion’s store – an adobe jacal that predated the Ruthven’s enterprise.

Andrew Champion, Sr., a former Texas Ranger, served as postmaster at Run from 1906 to 1912. The store was alongside the Champion home and this complex became the core of a small community eking out an existence on the desolate (but fertile) landscape.

Mary Hester opened a school in 1905 and two years later, with the help of Andrew Champion, Sr., Myron Smith, and A. F. Hester, the Run school was organized.

Discouraged by frequent flooding and often violent banditti, residents of Run started moving closer to Donna. Donna Hooks Fletcher, the namesake of the town led the way out of Run.

The population of Run around 1914 was 25 residents – served by three stores.

A robbery in 1915 prompted the closing of stores. The Army was called up to restore order but people were reluctant to return.

During the Great Depression Run had two businesses and 50 residents – the last time anyone bothered to count heads. Construction of the Military Road destroyed many early homesteads and landmarks. The site of the original Run school is now in a field.
Hidalgo County Run TX  1908 Postmark info
Hidalgo County Run TX  1908 Postmark
Cancelled cover with 1908 Run postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Hidalgo County TX 1907 postal map
1907 Hidalgo County postal map showing Run
Near Hidalgo, just N of the Rio Grande

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

RUN, TEXAS

When it came to runnin'
to or from,
most folks ran away
from little Run,
the folks that stayed
had bandits come,
turned out, it was dumb -
to stay in Run.

© d.knape

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