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CRANFILLS GAP, TEXAS

Bosque County, North Central Texas
Hwy 22 and FM 219
42 miles NW of Waco via Hwy 6
52 miles SW of Hillsboro
14 miles SW of Meridian

Population: 269 (1990)

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Cranfills Gap TX Wild Flowers
Wildflowers near Cranfills Gap
Photo courtesy Ernie Wymer

History in a Pecan Shell

Named for George Eaton Cranfill, one of earliest settlers in the area - the Gap refers to a break in a mountain separating Bosque and Hamilton counties.

Settlement dates to Cranfill's arrival around 1851 but the town didn't get started until 1879, when a post office that had been in Hamilton County was moved across the county line into Cranfills Gap.

St. Olaf's Church 1886, Cranfills Gap
The Old Rock Church c.1886
Photo Courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey
St. Olaf's Church 1917, Cranfills Gap
St. Olaf's Church c.1917
Photo Courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey
By 1890 the town was thriving with two doctors, stores, a blacksmith's forge, and saloon. St. Olaf's - a Norwegian Lutheran church was built nearby in 1886 and remains standing today.

The town never got a railroad, despite a slight move in 1913 to insure a connection with the outside world. The high water mark for population occurred in 1940 when 600 people called the Gap home.

In 1980, the census reported 341 citizens and it has since declined to less than 300.
Cranfills Gap school, Texas
Cranfill Gap School c.1939
Photo Courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey, 2002
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A short drive away is The Old Rock Church and Norse

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Cranfills Gaps Texas Forum

  • Subject: Louise Cranfill, Daughter of George Eaton Cranfill
    My husband's greatgrandmother, Louise Cranfill, was born in Cranfill's Gap, daughter of George Eaton Cranfill. Do you have any pictures of George Eaton Cranfill's family? Louise married James Henry Woodman. My husband's grandmother was Ida May Woodman Roberts. She died at age 28. We know of no existing pictures of her. If you have any of the early pictures of Cranfill's Gap, we would be so appreciative to have copies. Thanks for any pictures, stories, history, articles from old newspapers or a source for these items. - Barbara A. Roberts, February 17, 2006

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