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NICKEL, TEXAS

Gonzales County, Central Texas South
12 miles NE of Gonzales
Ranch Road 532

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Old store in Nickel Texas
The Nickel store
Photo courtesy Murray Montgomery

History in a Pecan Shell

Nickel, also sometimes spelled Nickle had a post office in 1886.

In 1890 the population was 25 persons with a gin, a gristmill and mail from Gonzales three times a week. In 1896 Nickelodeans got their mail daily.

The town only had 10 people during the Great Depression and the last time they had population figures (1948), there were 25 people listed on the census.

Rand McNally maps still show Nickel as a community and so do the detailed Gonzales County maps. Today Nickle consists of the picturesque old store and whatever population is there is dispersed.

© John Troesser


The Man from Nickel: Leslie Jones Askey by Murray Montgomery

Many years have come and gone since Leslie Jones Askey was born near Old Moulton, in Gonzales County, Texas – over 97 of them, to be exact.......

He comes back to Nickel every now and then just to see how things have changed. Recalling his memories of the old store, Les is still upset about someone chopping down a huge live oak tree that was standing out front. That happened many years ago but he can’t understand why anyone would take down such a beautiful tree. “People around here should have never let them cut that tree down,” he said. “It wasn’t bothering anybody.” .... more

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