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IRENE, TEXAS

Hill County, Central Texas North

31 59' 32" N, 96 52' 17" W (31.992222, -96.871389)

FM 308 and FM 1946
North of Navarro Mills Reservoir
12 miles SE of Hillsboro
Population: 160 est.

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TX -  Irene Post Office
Irene Post Office, TX 76650
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2010
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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was once known as Zollicoffer's Mill after Alabaman Edwin Zollicoffer settled here around 1848 and built a cotton gin and grist mill. He was joined by fellow Alabamans after the Civil War - and one of these built the town's first store. A post office was granted in 1878 and the name of a prominent citizen's daughter was submitted - and approved. A school was built in the late 1870s, and by 1884 the town had four separate businesses. By 1896 there was a population of 100 with ten businesses. The railroad (I.& G.N.) arrived in 1903.

The Smith Land and Improvement Company, a subsidiary of the railroad, replaced many of the town's wooden buildings with fire-resistant brick buildings. The population increased from 132 to 400 between 1900 and 1920. From 1930 to the mid-1950s the towns population was reported as 267. Businesses decreased by 33% and by the late 60s there were only 100 Ireneans. The estimate has remained at 160 since the 1970s.

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Hill County Towns

County Seat - Hillsboro
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  • Abbott
  • Aquilla
  • Ash Creek ghost town
  • Blanton ghost town
  • Blum
  • Brandon
  • Bynum
  • Covington
  • Files Valley
  • Hillsboro county seat
  • Hubbard
  • Huron
  • Irene
  • Itasca
  • Lebanon ghost town
  • Lovelace ghost town
  • Malone
  • Mayfield ghost town
  • Menlow
  • Mertens
  • Mount Calm
  • Osceola
  • Penelope
  • Peoria
  • Towash submerged ghost town
  • Vaughan aka Vaughn
  • Whitney
  • Woodbury
  • Woodrow
  • See Hill County

    Contiguous Counties:
    Johnson County (N) Ellis County (NE) Navarro County (E) Limestone County (SE) McLennan County (S) Bosque County (W)

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