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PEAR VALLEY, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
McCulloch County, Texas Hill Country

FM 504
16 miles NW of Brady
Population 37 (1990)

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Pear Valley Texas store



A closed store in Pear Valley

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, Jan. 2006
   

History in a Pecan Shell

The town began life early in the 20th Century as a loosely formed community under the western-sounding name of Saddle Creek. In 1910 the town applied for a post office under the more prosaic name of Pear Valley.
Pear Valley Texas school cornerstone
Cornerstone of Pear Valley School

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, Jan. 2006
   
Pear Valley Texas school ruins


Pear Valley School ruins

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Pear Valley Texas store ghost sign
Ghost sign of the store

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, Jan. 2006
   
The population is recorded as being 45 from the 1930s through the early 1960s when it suddenly dropped to a mere 20 in 1964. It has since regained some of that loss and in 1990, it was given as 37.
The Slaughter and the fuel truck hauling fuel from Coleman Texas refinery to Pear Valley.
"My Dad drove a fuel truck during the late 1930's... We hauled fuel from the refinery in Coleman to the farmers in the Pear Valley community." - Johnye Slaughter
   

Pear Valley Texas Forum

  • The store and school was very interesting. I was raised in Pear Valley and my Dad had a garage there after WWII. I went to school there from 1941 thru 1948. Went to school in Lohn the year of 1948-49 and we moved to Melvin where I went to high school. Can tell you many stories of happenings around Pear Valley. My mom ran the switchboard in Pear Valley some during the war. My Moms folks had a farm 1/2 mile north of Pear Valley. His name was Leon Browning. My Grandma would fry chicken for the visiting Baptist preacher nearly every Sunday. Mr. White owned the store and he was the finest man you would ever meet. My Dad drove a fuel truck during the late 1930's. I have a picture of his old truck with him and me standing beside it. We hauled fuel from the refinery in Coleman to the farmers in the Pear Valley community. - Johnye Slaughter, March 02, 2006

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