in a Pecan Shell
The town had originally been called Stiles Switch in 1876 when
the International-Great Northern railroad arrived at the site.
The Stiles school (named after a local ranching family) opened in
the 1880s. The post office opened in 1901 under the name of Homer
S. Thrall, a Methodist minister and historian who wrote a much-circulated
history of Texas. The Stiles school expanded and was renamed the Thrall
School in 1908.
The town was a farming and ranching center with a population of 150
Oil was discovered in 1915 and 200 wells were sunk on area ranches
and farms. The estimated population approached 3,000 before falling
to only 272 when the boom faded. Thrall's growth has always been under
control - with a population of around 400 through the 1940s. In 1952
there were 584 Thrallites - nearly the same as the 593 people reported
in 1988. In 1990 it had declined a bit to 550. The year 2000 reported
a population of about 700.
| Krieg Bros.
Chevrolet Co. today
Photo courtesy Erik
Krieg Bros. Chevrolet
Co. in the 1950s
courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
Main street, circa
Photo courtesy Gayle Abbott
when I visit Thrall
I am impressed
might say enthralled
its claim to fame
was rain, that's all
38 inches came
all fell on Thrall.
Upon a Line, October 2, 2017
I saw the photographs
you have on Thrall Texas, I happen to live in Thrall and that picture
from 1913 has a striking similarity to main street right of highway
79 by the railroad tracks. I also saw the pictures of Kreig Cheverolet.
We actually bought and restored the house that one of the brothers
that owned Kreig Cheverolet owned in the late 50's. He owned the
house till he passed on and gave it to their daughter who married
a minister and moved to Dallas. We bought it from her in 2001. Great
site - Justin Dilbert, May 30, 2005
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