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BERTRAM, TEXAS

Burnet County, Texas Hill Country

State Highway 29 where it meets FM 243 and FM 1174
10 miles E of Burnet
3 miles N of Oatmeal
41 miles NW of Austin via US 183
Population: 1,396 (2010) 1,122 (2000)

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Bertram, Texas street scene 1930s old photo
Bertram early 1930s street scene
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com

History in a Pecan Shell

Born with the railroad in 1882, The community of San Gabriel moved two miles NW to be alongside the freshly-laid tracks of the Austin and Northwestern Railroad. The namesake was Rudolph Bertram, Austin merchant and the largest investor in the railroad company.

A post office was granted the same year.

The 1890s found Bertram with most essential businesses, including two wagon wrights. Cotton shipping became the town’s largest business and it broke the record for number of bales (11,624) ginned in 1928.

Bertram reached a population of 1,000 in 1929 but dropped dramatically. Two years later it was down to just 550 residents.

By the end of WWII it was still around 600 but by the mid 1960s it had doubled at 1,205. The 1990 population was 849, which reached 1,396 for the 2010 census.
Bertram, TX - Globe Theatre restored marquee night view
Photo courtesy Lance Regier, 2016
The Globe Theatre in Bertram
Bertram TX - 1904 Dance Hall
Bertram Dance Hall
TE photo, 2005
Bertram TX - Confectionery Ghost Sign
Confectionery Ghost Sign
TE photo, 2005
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Bertram TX Bank Plate
Bertram Bank
TE photo, 2005
water tower
Water tower in Bertram, Texas
TE photo
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