Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

A Texas' town history?

Does anyone have any info on a town called whitney in texas before the year 1879? or that general area, Hill County?


its about 80 miles south of Dallas and about a 30 to 40 minute drive from Waco

Update 2:

"30 or 40 minute drive" North of Waco.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Whitney is located in Hill county, Texas. It is a really small town, less than 2000 people according to 2000 census information. There is a big bass tournament every year on Lake Whitney. It is a big deal here in texas.

    The town was named for Charles A. Whitney, the brother-in-law of J. P. Morgan, and a principal stock holder in the H&TC. Whitney became a boom town with merchants setting up tents to serve as temporary stores. Merchants from nearby communities, such as Towash, moved their businesses and buildings to Whitney because of the growth expected from the railroad. The postmasters of Towash and Hamilton Springs, two nearby communities, moved their post offices to Whitney. Several months later John Napier was appointed the first official postmaster, and Whitney officially had a post office in 1880. Hill County crops in 1880 were a failure, and the railroad promised that the first train to town would bring a bushel of corn for each person in the area. Many residents had not had bread for months, and the trains carried carloads of corn for months. In 1882 a good crop sent 22,000 bales of cotton from Whitney.

    In 1880 Whitney was incorporated, and the first bank opened. By 1883 the population was estimated at 1,200. School was held in a store and then in the Presbyterian church before enough money was raised through donations to build a schoolhouse in 1884. In 1885 Whitney was incorporated as a school district and levied a school tax. That same year a black school was built. By then the town had a newspaper named the Whitney Messenger, the Boesche Lumber Company, and four churches, Methodist Episcopal, Cumberland Presbyterian, First Baptist, and Church of Christ. After 1883 the population of Whitney began a decline. A fire in 1885 destroyed thirty of the community's frame buildings. By the end of the decade most of the frame buildings had been replaced by brick. In 1890 the population was 400, and businesses included two gristmills and cotton gins, grocery stores, millinery shops, saloons, and shoemakers. The railroad shipped cotton, grain, livestock, and wool. Because of the declining population the citizens of Whitney decided to promote their town with a picnic in 1891. The community barbecued 3,500 pounds of meat, and special excursion trains ran from as far as Brenham to bring people to Whitney. There were political speakers, tournaments, races, and dancing. The picnic was a success. Six thousand people attended, and by 1895 the population was once again over 1,000. The town was incorporated and unincorporated several times and finally incorporated permanently in 1912. The city government was established in 1915. At that time they purchased the water and electric company, founded in 1896, which supplied water with very low pressure and electricity only at night. After the decline of the cotton market in 1915 the population began to decline. By 1930 Whitney had 750 residents and thirty businesses. During the Great Depressionqv Texas relief funds provided some jobs on roads and opened a cannery by 1934. The Work Projects Administrationqv provided funds to build a concrete bridge to replace a wooden one, a lighted athletic field, and a sewer system in 1935. When the Whitney Dam and Reservoir Project was authorized in 1944 a bond election was held to raise taxes to improve city services. The reservoir project began in 1946, and Highway 22, relocated over the dam, was opened in 1951. The power plant was in operation by 1953. In 1950 Whitney had a population of 1,379 and fifty businesses.

    In 1907 an ice plant, the Whitney Ice and Bottling Works, opened in Whitney. A second was added in 1928. In 1946 the Blue Chip Ice Company, a thirty-ton ice plant, was built to supply ice for the building of the dam. In the summer ice was put in the cement mix. In the 1960s the operation was expanded, and the plant shipped ice all over central Texas. After the dam was completed the population dropped to 1,050 by 1960. The community went into an economic recession. Although some farms remained, farming was not as important after 15,800 acres of farm land was inundated by the lake. Ranching became more important in the area. In 1951 the Lake Whitney Association was organized to promote the lake. The growing number of tourists helped the economy, and eventually it was stabilized by new permanent residents. The last train passed through Whitney in 1967, and the town began to change in the 1970s. By 1972 it had a population of 1,500, a hospital, a city hall, a fire station, a post office, a school, a bank, two nursing homes, and some federal housing. On May 23, 1971, a tornado struck Whitney. One man was killed, thirty-seven were injured, and fifty houses and thirty mobile homes were destroyed or damaged. In 1990 the population of Whitney was 1,626, and four manufacturers were located in the community, including an ice plant, a machine shop, a publisher, and a horticultural supply manufacturer. Several yearly events are held in Whitney, including the Lake Whitney Beauty Pageant and the Whitney Rodeo in June. Two newspapers are published, the Whitney Messenger and the Whitney Star.

    Source(s): Hill County Historical Commission, A History of Hill County, Texas, 1853-1980 (Waco: Texian, 1980). Lisa C. Maxwell
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  • 3 years ago

    I continually enjoyed going to Glen Rose, besides the fact that it has 2000 human beings. it is the county seat of Somervell County and city sq. has a historic courthouse interior the direction of it. the interior jogs my memory of the courthouse interior the action picture "To Kill A Mockingbird". There are wood, lakes, trekking and a creek interior the section. My mothers and fathers took us to Glen Rose each and every of the time after we've been young infants to verify the dinosaur footprints in Dinosaur Valley State Park. it is on the edge of Granbury, that's larger, yet additionally has a super city sq. and courthouse. The Commanche height Nuclear skill Plant is in Glen Rose and if that doesn't problem you than it rather is an exceedingly cute city.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hill co Genealogical society has plenty of links..

    including main page for Hill county usgenweb site

    I noticed Whitney museum on this page also...


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There are two, one each in Hill and Briscoe counties.

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  • 1 decade ago

    maybe u can look it up i lived in TX my whole life but never head of that town

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