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FAIRLAND, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Burnet County, Texas Hill Country
FM 1855
6 miles N of Marble Falls
Not on the State map
Population: Unknown

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Crownover Chapel in Fairland Texas
Crownover Chapel, the old rock church, in Fairland
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
History in a Pecan Shell

In the early 1850s a group of settlers arrived and named the place "fair land." In 1859 land was donated for a church and school. Work on a stone church was delayed by the Civil War and completed in 1870. After the rock church was finished a wooden room for a school was added.

The first post office opened in 1874 under the name Backbone Valley. Later, in 1890 the Fairland post office opened. In 1951, mail was routed through Marble Falls and the Fairland office closed.

There was a population of 200 in the mid-20s and after the Great Depression there were barely 50 people left. That estimate remained through the 60s and today there are no statistics. The Fairland and Tobey schools merged and consolidated with Marble Falls sometime after 1943.

The old rock church building remains in use as does the town's cemetery.
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