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GORMAN, TEXAS

Eastland County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas

FM 8 and Hwy 6
SE of Eastland
9 miles SE of Carbon
8 miles SW of Desdemona
11 miles NW of De Leon
Population: 1082 (2010) 1236 (2000) 1,290 (1990)

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Gorman, Texas Vintage Photos
Courtesy City of Gorman

History in a Pecan Shell

Originally named Shinoak, Gorman was the name submitted for a post office in 1889. Patrick Gorman was roadmaster of the Texas Central Railroad.

The town was incorporated in 1902, and by 1904 Gorman had a hotel, lumberyard, cannery, light plant and newspaper.

From 1905 to 1912 Gorman was home to Hankins College.

Gorman, with its railroad was a supply center during the Eastland County boomtimes.

The first peanut-shelling machine in Texas was introduced in 1940, and Gorman became a center of the Peanut Industry with both the Texas Peanut Producers Board and the Southwest Peanut Growers' Association headquartered there.

Annual Event:
Gorman Peanut Festival - Second Saturday in September

Gorman Landmarks:

TX - Gorman Cemetery Entry
Gorman Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
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Gorman Tx - Methodist Church
Gorman Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Gorman Tx - Church Of Christ
Church Of Christ
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Gorman Tx - Bible Church
Bible Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Gorman Tx Hillside Church
Hillside Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
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Gorman TX - First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church
Vintage photo courtesy City of Gorman

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Gorman, Texas former depot
The former Gorman depot
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
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TX - Gorman grocery and water tower

Former grocery and water tower
TE Photo, February 2004

Gorman, Texas - peanut scale
A Peanut Scale at Gorman
TE Photo, February 2004
TX - Gorman Peanut Festival
Gorman Peanut Festival sign
TE Photo, February 2004. See Texas Food
Gorman Texas - Gorman Panthers
Gorman Panthers
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Gorman Tx Cafe Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Gorman Tx Gospel Sign
Gospel Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
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TX - Gorman Lodge cornerstone
Gorman Masonic Lodge cornerstone
TE Photo, February 2004
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Texas Cornerstones
Gorman, Texas water tower
Gorman water tower
TE Photo, February 2004
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Gorman Tx Mill
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Gorman Tx Skyline
Gorman Skyline
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013

Gorman, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Gorman, Texas
    Dear TE, My grand parents lived in Gorman and are buried in the Gorman Cemetery. Charles Thomas and Elizabeth (Bowman) Moorman. I was born in the Blackwell Hospital (12 15 34) as was my younger brother-John Truett- (7-22-38). My mother wanted to be at home [in Gorman] for the events. My grand parents lived there until their deaths- Charles in 1941 and Elizabeth 1952. My earliest memories are from about five years old when we would come for visits and ride in their Model T Ford to town. Wonderful memories! My wife and I sometimes detour through Gorman-just to visit the grave sites. - Charles Robert Palmer, Houston, Texas, September 16, 2007

  • I was born and raised in Gorman,Texas. I was born in the Blackwell Hospital that has since been torn down. I went to school in Gorman 11 1/2 years. My parents bought Pullig's Cleaners and changed the name to Munn Cleaners. I would walk from the school which was only three blocks away to the shop and then would go to the corner drug store to get a fountain drink and play "Spades" till my mom picked me up a little after 5:00. I attended First Baptist Church, baptized in Aug. 1964. Was married in June 20, 1970 in the new First Baptist Church by Pastor Polnac.

    I can remember when Gorman had 3 drug stores, 2 variety stores, 3 grocery stores, and a department store (Frossard's). My mother still lives in Gorman and she is 89 years old. I have pictures, but I will have to look for them. - Jean (Munn) Miller, Gilmer, Texas, April 12, 2006
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