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McNEIL, TEXAS

Travis County, Texas Hill Country

30° 27' 11" N, 97° 43' 14" W (30.453056, -97.720556)
15 Miles N of Austin
Population: 70 (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.
Travis County TX 1920s Map
1920s Travis County map showing showing McNeil north of Austin.
(From Texas state map #10749)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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McNeil, Texas Nearby Towns:
Austin | Round Rock | Pflugerville | Georgetown
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