J. Schairer Block, Clint, Texas 1920s
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
a Pecan Shell
The Clint post
office was established in 1886, but the town was known as San Elizario
Station since it was on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio
railroad line. The San Elizario Corporation (see Salt
Flat) sold the land to a J. Cole who sold it to Thom. Collins
in 1883. Thomas' wife was Mary Clinton Collins and it is she that
the town was named after.
According to the Handbook of Texas Online, Clint had a population
of 100 people more or less in 1890. They report that the town at that
time had a general store, a fruit grower and a hotel. We suppose the
hotel put people up while they waited for the fruit to ripen. Although
no mention is made of what fruit was grown, by 1896, eight more people
were growing it.
The ups and downs of Clint are reflected in its census. 600 people
in the 20s - 250 in the mid-30s - 550 in the 40s and down to 417 in
the early 70s. Sometime in the 70s they welcomed the 1,000th citizen
and in the late 80s it was 1,883. We hope someone will inform us of
the latest census figures. In 1990 it was 1, 035.
Texas History Book
Dear Texas Escapes, I was raised in this town (Clint, Texas) and have
lived here since 1939. At the time Clint had the hotel and mercantile,
it also had a bank or two. Had a doctor and a post office all the
way to the 1920's or 40's. Then Texas 20 (Alameda Ave.) came about
and the businesses moved there. Some had already closed. If you will
give an address I will send you the first and only history book written
about the town of Clint. I hope to write a second one in the near
future. Just waiting for some "construction" to finish taking place.
- Minerva Cheatum, Clint, Texas, August 30, 2006
Our thanks to Mr. Garza who recommended Clint for inclusion.
1940s Map Showing Clint
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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