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    McNEIL, TEXAS

    Travis County, Texas Hill Country
    15 Miles N of Austin
    Population: 00070 (2000)

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    McNeil TX - Baptist Church
    McNeil Baptist Church.
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town dates from 1882 when the the Austin and Northwestern Railroad built a section of track from Austin to Burnet following the International and Great Northern Railroad’s completed line (1876) connecting Rockdale and Austin.

    The town of NcNeil (named after Geo McNeil, a section foreman of the Austin and Northwestern) soon appeared at the railroad intersection which promised unlimited potential. In December of 1888 a post office was opened and in the 1890s the town could boast its own hotel and a population of 200. The population dropped to 125 during the Great Depression and declined to a mere 70 in the 1940s, where it has remained ever since.
    Texas Travis County 1940s map
    1940s Travis County map showing McNeil, Duval,
    (Above "AV" in "TRAVIS" just north of Austin.)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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