in a Pecan ShellSamuel
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.
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.
Texas Forum Subject:
Traweek Family in Bangs
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 email@example.com if possible! We would like to connect
the two again! Thank you, Lindsey Gothard Traweek, May 13, 2013
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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