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ROCKWOOD, TEXAS

Coleman County, Texas Panhandle/Texas Hill Country
Just off Highway 283 at Camp Creek
About 22 Miles S of Coleman
About 4 Miles N of the Colorado River

Population: 000080 (2000)

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Rockwood Tx Baptist Church
Rockwood Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

There had been a community (Camp Creek) described here in the 1870s, however it wasn’t until the early 1880s that a store was opened here by a man named Lee Shields.

A home-managed post office was opened in the house of H.L. and Sallie Faulk in 1889. Since there had been heated discussion over the name, the post office was called Discord, Texas. The rancor had faded by1890 when the name was changed to Rockwood.

Although the census of 1890 only counted 25 residents, Rockwood has its store, a cotton gin, a blacksmith and a corn mill.

The town crossed over from the north to the south side of the Colorado River in 1892 with the discovery of coal. There were an estimated 75 residents at that time.

By the middle of the first decade of the 20th Century the coal operation had already been discontinued and the population had risen to 100 people served by three stores. By 1925 it had doubled to 200 but then came the Great Depression. From fifteen businesses in 1931, there were only eight left two years later. The population figure of 200 was still in use throught the 1930s and up until the early 1960s.

The 1970 census counted the more realistic number of eighty.

The last business in town closed in the early 1980s and the 2000 census keep with the number eighty.
Rockwood Tx Closed Church
Closed Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
Rockwood Tx Closed Building
Ruins
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
Rockwood Tx Closed Store
Closed Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
Rockwood Tx Closed Store
Closed Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
Rockwood Tx Coca-Cola sign
Coca-Cola ghost sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
Rockwood Tx - Rock and Steel Tank
Rock and Steel Tank
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007

1907 Coleman County postal Map showing Rockwood
(S of Coleman
and Santa Anna, W of Whon)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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