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    CLEO, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Kimble County, Texas Hill Country
    Farm Road 2291
    10 miles NW of Junction

    Population 003 (1990)

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    Old store in Cleo, Texas
    The old store in Cleo
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005

    Cleo 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.
    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
    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... more
    Texas - Morales Ranch Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
    Morales Ranch
    The historical marker is within walking distance south of the old store and community center. The Morales Ranch ruins, ss the historical marker indicates, is about 350 yards west of the marker. more
    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, and vintage/historic photos of their town, please contact us.
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