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BANGS, TEXAS

Brown County, Texas Hill Country

3142'59"N 997'51"W (31.716392, -99.130949)
U.S. Hwys 67 and 84
9 miles W of Brownwood
11 miles E of Santa Anna
Population: 1,584 Est. (2016)
1,603 (2010) 1,620 (2000) 1,555 (1990)

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Bangs TX - Bangs Concert Band, 1911
Bangs Concert Band, 1911
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Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

History in a Pecan Shell

Samuel Bangs, early publisher and founder of several Texas newspaper is the namesake of the community. A post office was granted in the mid 1880s when the population was well under 100.

The population grew to 136 by 1900 and it incorporated in 1915 with a population recorded at 600.

By 1920 the town had both water and gas systems in place. Bangs also had the good fortune not to be bypassed by the new highway (Hwy 67) when it came through the town in 1932.

Nearby Brownwood (which had seen overcrowding and housing shortages during WWII) was relieved to see new housing in Bangs. While many towns lost population during the postwar boom, Bangs remained stable and by 1970, the number of residents had grown to 1,214.

Ten years later it had increased to 1,716 but declined to 1,555 for the 1990 census. The 2000 and 2010 census reported that 1,620 people called Bangs home.
Downtown Bangs Texas
Downtown Bangs
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2005
Bangs High School, Texas





Bangs High school
Photo courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey
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Bangs Texas city hall



Bangs City Hall

Photo courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey

Bangs, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Traweek Family in Bangs
    My daughter happen to be researching the history of Bangs, TX for a school project and came across your site! On the Bangs, TX forum there is a man that is looking for a Traweek brother and the subject is called "Traweek Family".... Well the man that the guy on the forum is searching for is my daughter's grandpa!!! I know that it's a long shot as the post is from 2005, but would you happen to have the information to connect us to this man? His name is John Righton! Feel free to give him my email lindseygothard@gmail.com if possible! We would like to connect the two again! Thank you, Lindsey Gothard Traweek, May 13, 2013

  • Subject: Traweek Family
    I am writing in the hope that you can help me. My name is John Righton and I live in England. I worked for the Traweek family, who lived in Bangs, 20 years ago and I am currently trying to trace them. There were 2 brothers, Larry and Dennis. Both would now be in their mid 50's. They did custom combining working throughout Texas. Their base was their father's (Ray) farm just outside Bangs. I worked with them for 6 months, over the summer of 1984 and very much enjoyed the time that I spent in your town (and my visits to Brownwood lake). If you could help me to trace them in any way I would be very grateful. Yours sincerely, John Righton, March 03, 2005

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