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INDIAN GAP, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Hamilton County, Central Texas North

31 39' 47" N, 98 24' 48" W (31.663056, -98.413333)
FM 218 and FM 1702
17 miles W of Hamilton
35 miles E of Brownwood
42 miles S of Stephenville
Population: 27 est (2010) 36 (1990)

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TX - Indian Gap School
Night photo of the abandoned Indian Gap School
Photo courtesy Gary Castillo, 2013

History in a Pecan Shell

Indian Gap's name came about when it was noticed that the Comanches came through this gap in the mountains when they would raid the settlers. We have to admire the stoicism and powers of observation of the settlers, who you would think would be fleeing in terror, rather than noting the route of their enemies.

1857 is the date the Handbook of Texas gives for the first settlement of the area. A Mr. Hawley Gerrells was credited with opening the first post office in his home, which soon became a store. Church services were held there as well, and it was said to be a social center of the community, whatever that meant in the mid -1800s.

A man by the name of H.A. Shipman farmed the area for several years before buying out Gerrells' store and post office in 1889. Although the community never reached a population rivaling the colossus of Goldthwaite or Hamilton, nonetheless, it had a hotel, and a weekly newspaper as well as the usual businesses essential for 19th century life.

The school closed in 1959 (see forum below) and the post office shut its doors in 1972. The estimated head count in 2000 was 27 people.

TX - Indian Gap School interior
School interior
Photo courtesy Gary Castillo, 2013
TX - Indian Gap School
Photo courtesy Gary Castillo, 2013
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TX - Indian Gap School

Indian Gap School
Photo courtesy Bill Rigney, July 2012

Texas - Indian Gap School
The 1913 Indian Gap School
Photo courtesy Jason Penney, whose grandfather and other relatives once attended the Indian Gap school
TX - Indian Gap High School Diploma 1933 Coleman Elkins
Coleman Elkins Indian Gap High School Diploma, 1933
Courtesy
Jason Penney
Indian Gap TX old store
Another view of Indian Gap today
Faded lettering reads:
Carl Reinert - dealer in General Merchandise
Photo courtesy Jason Penney
Indian Gap Texas  1920s old photo

Indian Gap, 1920s
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
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Indian Gap TX - Hamilton Co 1908 Postmark
Indian Gap TX - Hamilton Co 1908 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with Indian Gap TX 1908 postmark.
Notice the "Indain" misspelling

Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

Indian Gap, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Indian Gap
    Indian gap Texas is where most my family is from. There is a date as to when the Indian gap school was closed. In the article it said 1950. The school closed in 1959. I know because when I was 5 years old visiting my grandmother who lived in the house that is just across a field from the school, I played with some kids who attended that school. My family is buried in the cemetery there. I have wonderful memories of my visits as a little girl. Tommie's store and filling station was opened and the post office was also still there until almost 1970, I think. In the early 60s they had the old fashion switchboard operator where all your calls went through the switchboard, and my grandmother had an old phone that hung on the wall of her dining room that you had to turn a handle on the side to get the operator. I love visiting there even now, because I have such wonderful childhood memories. - Susan Deluca, July 16, 2011

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