in a Pecan Shell
community was established in the early 1880s and was granted a post office in
1885. It had an uneventful history until the 1920s when it underwent an oil boom.
From a mere 30 people, it exploded to an estimated 5,000 residents – who all left
after the boom subsided. The 1980 population was reported to be 40 and that figure
was the same for the 2000 census.
"Pioneer was a pleasant little surprise. It is on FM374 about
4-1/2 miles SE of Cross
Plains or about 7 miles NW of Rising Star.
I somehow missed the Pioneer Cemetery right on TX 36." - Barclay
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