in a Pecan Shell
Originally called James or Jamestown, Texas in 1906,
it was renamed late that year to curry favor with the railroad. Blackwell
was a railroad stockholder. A post office was granted the following
year and the town became a tri-county shipping point and supply center.
In 1903 the Blackwell Methodist Church was organized, followed by
a Baptist church in 1909 and a Church of Christ in 1928. The town
still had a population of 500 at the end of WWII.
It reached 286 for the 1980 Census and 339 ten years later. Blackwell's
first school began classes in 1907 and a rural "Consolidated High
School" was established in 1929.
In 1945 the town reported a population of 500 and thirteen businesses.
In 1980 its population was 286 and in 1990, 339. In 2000 the population
|The feed store
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, August 2006
ceremony at Hannah's Crossing near Blackwell, TX in Nolan County.
We found the picture in my husband's parent's (Rufus Benjamin & Myrtle
Lucille Noble) pictures, there is not a date on the picture. I so
wish it had been given the care it deserved. Rufus Benjamin (Ben)
was born & raised in Blackwell. In 1973, he & Lucille returned to
Blackwell with their youngest son. They lived there until 1993."
- Iva Noble, May 16, 2007.
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