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CLEO, TEXAS

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Kimble County, Texas Hill Country

Farm Road 2291
10 miles NW of Junction
Population: 3 (1990, 2000)

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Cleo Texas - Cleo Community Center Texas
"The sign on the building refers to it as the Bear Creek Community Center. It's across the street from the old store, on the west side of 2291."
- Erik Whetstone, August 2005 Photo

History in a Pecan Shell

A man with the very southern-sounding name of Raleigh Gentry reportedly settled in around Cleo just prior to the Civil War. In 1880 a post office was opened under the name of Viejo named after nearby Viejo Creek.

Postal service was transferred to Junction in 1886, but reopened in Viejo in 1915. John Simpson ran the post office in his store and when the business was sold in 1920 – the post office was renamed after the niece of the new owner (Sam L. Pearson). Cleopatra Weston was the honoree.

During the Great Depression cutting cedar for posts became about the only money-making enterprise in the area.

The population reached a high-water mark of 81 when the post office closed in 1974. Cleo’s decline is attributed to being bypassed by Hwy 83.
Old store in Cleo, Texas
The old store & former post office (?) in Cleo
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
Cleo, Kimble County, TX post Office info
Cleo, Kimble County, TX 1963 postmark
Cover canceled with Cleo,TX 1963 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Texas - Morales Ranch Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
The historical marker is within walking distance south of the old store and community center. The Morales Ranch ruins, as the historical marker indicates, is about 350 yards west of the marker. more
Morales Ranch
Cleo Face

by Mike Cox (From "Texas Tales" Column)

The folks along Bear Creek in Kimble County always called the mysterious stone carving the “Cleo Face.”

That is not to say that the Cleo Face is Cleo’s face.

About as close to a ghost town as you can get, Cleo is on Farm Road 2291 about 10 miles northwest of Junction. Founded in 1880 and first known as Viejo, the post office served the area for six years before being discontinued.

Reestablished in 1915, the Viejo post office got a new cancellation stamp five years later when post master Sam Pearson succeeded in getting the federal mail stop renamed in honor of his niece, Cleo Weston.

The Cleo post office stayed open until 1974, when the last post master retired.

By all rights, the area should have been called Gentry, after pioneer settler, Raleigh Gentry. The first resident of what would become Kimble County, Gentry built a cabin along Bear Creek, about a mile south of the future Cleo community, in the late 1850s. In 1862, Gentry conveyed his property to Rance Moore, a young stock raiser. Moore later sold the property to N.Q. Patterson, which is where the Cleo Face comes in.... more
TX Kimble County 1940s Map
Kimble County 1940s map showing Cleo
NW of Junction
From Texas state map #4335
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Cleo, Texas Nearby Towns:
Junction the county seat
Fredericksburg | Kerrville
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