in neighboring Somerville
TE photo, April 2010
in Pecan Shell
Lyons was first
a railroad worker's camp called Pennington when the Gulf,
Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad came through in 1880.
A man named W. A. Lyon granted a right-of-way to the railroad
and became the town's namesake. It was first called Lyon's Station
and then shortened to Lyons.
There was also a Lyons in Fayette
County (established much earlier and later absorbed by
Schulenburg), but that
town was named after James Lyons.
In the late 19th Century, Lyons supported a hotel, four stores, livery
stables, and a newspaper as well as at least one photographer who
visited from Brenham. All
of this for a population estimated at only 150 people. As towns grew
less self-sufficient and with two county seats only 15 miles in either
direction, Lyons was doomed never to prosper.
A sense of community is still evident in Lyons and in 2000 the town
had a restaurant serving "Texas Kosher-Style Meals."
Beanery in Lyons
TE photo, 2000
A recent visit found The Beanery closed
TE photo, 2000
Naming of Lyons
I was just looking
at your post concerning the name of Lyons Station, Texas. You state
that Lyons Station was named for Warren Lyons. I believe that you
are incorrect. If you investigate more, I think that you'll find that
it was named for his father, James Lyons. James Lyons was killed by
Comanches in 1837. Warren was taken captive and did not appear again
for 10 years.
My connections: My GG Grandfather, William B. Bridgers, as a JP married
Warren Lyons and Lucy Boatright in 1848 in Lavaca County, TX. William
had married Eliza Ann Lyons Tribble, a sister of Warren. My GG Grandmother,
Mary Bridgers Lyons Ranne, was married to Seymour Clinton Lyons. He
died in 1848. Seymour was an older brother of Warren. Thank you -
Jim Cowan, Spring, Texas, May 01, 2004
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