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BENOIT, TEXAS

Runnels County, Panhandle / West Texas
U.S. Highway 67
12 miles NE of Ballinger
Population: Between 0 and Unknown

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Benoit School, Texas

The Benoit Schoolhouse

Photo courtesy Stephen & Elizabeth Taylor
History on a Pinhead

Originally called Norwood when it was started in 1886, it was renamed after a local settler when the post office was granted in 1906. The first store in the community opened in 1912. At its high-water mark (no population figures available) the town had the school, a blacksmith, a cotton gin and two stores. The population for 1940 is recorded as 100 but after WWII the community had evaporated.
Benoit, Texas old school

Closed school in Benoit

Photo courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey
Benoit, Texas road sign

Photo courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey

Benoit Schoolhouse

Photographer's Note: "All that is left are a few houses and the old school...pictured here. I couldn't really see inside due to the configuration of the rooms inside, but I suspect that it had two rooms. With the roof being in fairly good shape, and the windows being sealed up...the building should last for a very long time." - Stephen Taylor, December 27, 2005

See Also
"Eighteen Ghost Towns of Runnels County" by Alton O'Neil Jr.

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Benoit, Texas Forum

Subject: Salado and Benoit Circa 1910
Dear TE, A web search for Benoit, Texas, led me to your excellent site. My father, Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Rampy was born and reared in Salado. He wrote a detailed account of those years (1898-1916) in a book titled "Choice and Chance." I have posted it (PDF), including many photos, on the web at: http://www.upamerica.org/family/trrbook.htm. I believe those of your readers who are familiar with Salado would find the first of the three sections to be a good account of how things were on a Central Texas farm a hundred years ago.

The town of Benoit was featured in an incident recounted in my father's book (above). He relates a tale of travel from his home to that tiny village in Runnels County by train in 1910: A RAILROAD ADVENTURE
Thanks for the great job you are doing to preserve our precious past. - Gordon Rampy, Warrenton, Virginia, August 11, 2007

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