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BRACKEN, TEXAS

Comal County, Texas Hill Country
Not on State Map
14 Miles SW of New Braunfels

Population: 76 (2000)

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Named for early settler William Bracken, who had purchased land here in 1849, the town was first known as Davenport for a settler who had arrived after the Civil War. The town grew as a result of its railroad connection and would be known as Davenport today if the name hadnít already been in use by another post office. The name was officially changed in 1883. After 1940, when the town reported only 50 residents, the post office was closed and mail was rerouted.

The Davenport school merged with two others after WWII to form the Comal Elem. School. The population reached seventy-five in the 1970s and this figure was used for years until either a baby was born or a stranger came to town, boosting the number to seventy-six for the 2000 Census.

Bracken, Texas Today

Photos courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
Bracken Texas sotre and royal crown cola
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Bracken Texas blacksmith shop, wheel and windmill
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Bracken Texas windmill, rock building and water tank
Arrangement in Wood, Stone and Tin
Above photos courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
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