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GARNER, TEXAS

Parker County, North Central Texas

FM 113
About 12 Miles NW of Weatherford
Near Palo Pinto County line
Population: 196 est. (2004)

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Entering Garner
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
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History in a Pecan Shell

Garner dates from the 1850s when approximately 20 families settled here. Development was slow in coming. They built a school in the late 1870s and named (both school and community) Trapp Spring.

In the 1880s, a nucleus for the community started forming just west of the school. When a post office was opened around 1890, they decided to honor a local cotton processor named Bumgardner - shortening the name to Garner.

In 1888, residents moved the school to the developing town. The railroad (The Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Northwestern) appeared and Garner became a shipping point. But proximity to the county seat limited growth and it remained under-developed with only a few essential businesses. Residents took the train to Weatherford for more important transactions and purchases.

The population in 1914 was only forty people - growing slowly to seventy-five in 1947. Although the post office was closed around 1970, Garner continued to grow, albeit slowly. The population was reported as 98 for the 1980 and 1990 census. In 2004 Garner was reported to have 196 residents.
Garner TX -  Closed gas station
Closed gas station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
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Garner, Texas Forum

Subject: Garner, TX
I grew up in and around Mineral Wells, just to the west of Garner, and have some relatives living in or near Garner now. I just wanted to add that I have read here and there that Garner may have been the birthplace of the old Texas domino game, 42. The story I found was that back in the day, the local clergy so strongly discouraged card-playing that 42 was invented as an alternative game, since it did not require playing cards. - Bob Hampton, Byers, TX, September 24, 2015
Parker County Texas 1920s map
Parker County 1920s map showing Garner
(NW of Weatherford, near Palo Pinto County)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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