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MOLINE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Lampasas County, Texas Hill Country

Ranch Road 1047
Near the Mills County Line
15 miles NE of Lometa (via Ranch Road 581)
Population: 40 (estimate - same number from 1970)

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TX - Molin Schoolhouse Interior

Molin Schoolhouse
Photo courtesy Jeremy Herring, 2012

History in a Pecan Shell

Settlement began around 1884. A blacksmith opened shop with a corn mill as a side business. The name is said to come from homesick Hossiers - pining for their previous home of Moline, Illinois. Another story is that the name came from the popular Moline plow - one of which was present when town-naming was being discussed. A cotton gin opened in 1900 and in 1910 a post office was established in J. W. Trussell's store.

The town was fortunate enough to have a physician (Dr. Hicks) who not only opened a drugstore - but also opened a rare emergency operating room.

Moline's first school was a one-room building 2 miles south of town.

In the 20s a man named Jim Tom Brown built a garage over the foundations of the former blacksmith shop.

In the 1930s the town had thirty-five people or so and three stores. By 1935 a teacherage was added. Moline reached its population zenith in the early 1940s with around 100 people calling the town home.

Moline's student population declined until the students attended classes in Lometa in 1943 and then onward to Star the following year.
The old school was then converted into a community facility.

The population declined to the point where it was estimated as a mere sixty in 1949.

The town's post office closed its doors in 1976. Moline had had two stores plus the post office in the early 1970s.

"The stone structure was Paul Lee's General Store/Gas Station. The store sold various groceries, feed, and gasoline. It also housed the Moline, Texas Post Office until the post office closed in the mid-1970's. The store permanently closed its doors a short time later. " - Donna Kay (Soules) Mauldlin
Moline, Texas - Moline School Site Historical Marker
Moline School Site Historical Marker
South of Moline below the school site on FM 1047.
Part of the structure can still be seen on the hill.

Photo courtesy Mark Mauldin, July, 2005
TX - Molin Schoolhouse Interior
TX - Molin Schoolhouse Interior

Molin Schoolhouse - "The exterior of the building is almost completely overgrown with vegetation." - - Jeremy Herring, 2012 photos

Moline TX - Paul Lee's General Store/ Gas Station / Post Office
Paul Lee's General Store/Gas Station/Post Office
Photo courtesy Mark Mauldin, July, 2005
TX - Moline sign on FM 1047
Moline sign. "Looking north on FM 1047"
Photo courtesy Mark Mauldin, July, 2005

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