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    CAMP AIR, TEXAS
    AKA Air

    Mason County, Texas Hill Country
    FM 1222, US 377 and US 87
    2 Miles S of Katemacy
    11 Miles N of of Mason
    Population: 00015 (2000)

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    Camp AirT x Closed Store
    Camp Air, TX General Store
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, January 2010
    History in a Pecan Shell

    The settlement dates from the early 1860s when there were actually two separate colonies here. One was a school community named Peterís Prairie after Major Peters of the Texas Rangers. Peters sold hay to the cavalry at Fort Mason, the first commercial enterprise here. The original school was replaced by a rock building and that was later moved; but the community retained the name Peterís Prairie. The second community, one half mile south, was named Bethel and finally Camp Air came to be applied to the businesses that opened alongside the Brady-Mason highway.

    According to legend, storekeeper John Kyle whimsically chose the name since there was little else there. Over time, the three settlements became known as Air although there was never an established post office. In operation. The consolidated groups became Camp Air in the 1960s.

    Air had peaked in the 1940s with about 75 residents present, but from the 70s through the 80s, it had dwindled to just over 30.

    The rock schoolhouse has been converted into a community center and the store has been closed since the 1980s. The 1990 census reported a mere 15 residents Ė as did the 2000 count.

    Photographers' Notes:
    "Not on any of my maps. It is at the junction of US 377/US87 @ FM1222, 11 miles north of Mason." - Barclay Gibson

    "Subject: Camp Air TX
    The Prairie School is located about 1/4 mile south of the general store pictured here. The school is very well kept and looks to be used regulary probably for clubs or a community center. Modern facilities have been built in the back." - Will Beauchamp
    Camp Air TX - Prairie School
    Prairie School
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, March 2011
    Camp Air TX - Prairie School interior
    Prairie School Interior
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, March 2011
    Camp Air TX - Prairie School  flag pole base
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, March 2011
    Camp Air TX - Prairie School
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, March 2011
    Camp Air TX - Prairie School 4-way water gountain
    The 4-way water fountain in the school
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, March 2011
    Camp Air TX - Prairie School
    Prairie School Interior
    Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, March 2011
    Camp Air, TX General Store
    Camp Air, TX General Store, closed
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, January 2010
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    Camp Air, TX road sign
    There IS a place called Camp Air
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, January 2010
    Mason County Texas 1907 Postal map
    Mason County Texas 1907 Postal map showing Katemcy
    (Above "A" in "MASON")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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