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NIX, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Lampasas County, Texas Hill Country
Ranch Road 580
11.5 miles W of Lampasas
Population: unknown

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Nix, Texas restored old gas station and store
Old gas station - "Nix Store"
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2004
History in a Pecan Shell

Present-day Nix was originally settled along one of the mail /stage routes out of Lampasas in the 1880s. Prior to that the only activity was being part of the Fort Phantom Hill road (1850s).

A blacksmith and store opened around 1883, with the storekeeper becoming postmistress. Nix's high-water mark was reached in the 1890s when two mills and gins were in operation and two churches established. The population which had been recorded as only 8 people suddenly swelled to 27 by 1896.

It seems to have felt comfortable at this level and stayed below 30 throughout the 1940s. Lampasas County drilled and found oil in the 20s and 30s, and Nix had the dubious distinction of having the only test well to come in dry.

Nix had a store in the late 40s and just west of town was a combination school/church.

In 2005, the old Nix store was still standing - although not in business. Reportedly TxDoT uses the site as a gravel storage area.
Lampasas County Texas 1907 postal map
1907 Lampasas County map showing Nix W of Lampasas
Courtesy Texas General Office
Nix, Texas Forum
  • I grew up on a ranch south of Lometa near the ghost town of Nix west of Lampasas. As a kid I took a picture of an abandoned victorian mansion about two miles south of Lometa. I lost the picture but Ive never been able to forget that house. It was torn down many years ago but thought perhaps someone may have information or a picture of it? It was located on Co Rd 55 off Fm Rd 3415 off 183/190 south going towards Lampasas. It was symmetrical in design with two big stone chimneys & two turrets with steeples on each side of the house. A covered porch with turned posts wrapped around the front of the house and a balcony was over the top of the porch with a pediment front off the center of the roof. There was lots of fancy woodwork, cut shingles, etc. Not typical for most houses around Lampasas county! - Dave Porter, August 20, 2010


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