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    STOCKDALE, TEXAS

    Wilson County, South Texas
    Highways 87, 97 and 123
    13 Miles NE of Floresville

    Population: 1,398 (2000)

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    Stockdale TX Welcome sign
    Welcome to Stockdale
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    History in a Pecan Shell

    Texas Lt. Governor Fletcher S. Stockdale is the town’s namesake. Established during the Civil War in 1863, it wasn’t until 1871 when the town was granted a post office.

    An influx of Polish and German immigrants in the early 1880s bolstered the population which reached 300 by the middle of that decade.

    It wasn’t until 1898 when the San Antonio and Gulf Railroad arrived. The estimated population of 1914 was 900, breaking the 1,000 mark at the end of the 1920s.

    The Great Depression reduced the population by about one third. From the mid 1960s with a population of 1,100, Stockdale has slowly increased to nearly 1,400 by the 2000 Census.

    A Visit to Stockdale:

    Stockdale TX Downtown Street Scene
    Downtown Stockdale
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Stockdale TX Early City Jail
    Stockdale early city jail
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
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    Stockdale City Jail

    Photographer's Note:
    It was neat to see the little jail off main street. Ran into the city manager next door who confirmed it being the city jail & said they didn't have any idea to a date on it's origin. He said some restoration was already in the planning stages, including picking the lock as the key was lost several decades ago. - William Beauchamp, June 14, 2009
    Stockdale TX King-Lorenz House
    King-Lorenz House
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Stockdale TX King-Lorenz House Historical Marker
    King-Lorenz House Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
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    Stockdale TX watermelon stand
    Watermelon stand
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Stockdale TX Watermelon Jubilee
    Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee - 3rd weekend in June
    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
    Stockdale TX Governor F. S. Stockdale Historical Marker
    Last governor of Confederate Texas
    Governor F. S. Stockdale Historical Marker

    Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
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