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MORGAN, TEXAS

Bosque County, North Central Texas
Highway 174 and Farm Road 927
7 Miles NE of Meridian
40 Miles NW of Waco

Population: 451

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Morgan Tx Union Hill School Steps
What remains of Union Hill School
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

Morgan actually dates from an 1876 meeting under an oak tree, although things didn't really get moving until the late 1870s when the Texas Central Railroad approached the town and a post office opened in 1879 - under the name Steele's Creek. With the arrival of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, Steele's Creek became a two-railroad town - and were so happy about their guaranteed prosperity that they renamed themselves to honor Thomas Morgan, a Santa Fe official.
Morgan Tx Union Hill School historical marker
Union Hill School historical marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
By the mid 1880s, Morgan had a thriving population of 600, which grew to an estimated 850 by the end of the century. The 20th Century wasn't as kind to Morgan as the 19th had been. From 830 people in 1910 it declined to less than 700 by the mid 1920s and just over 500 by 1941. The double-whammy of improved roads and available cars lured people to Waco and Fort Worth in search of well-paying jobs. By 1970 the population was a mere 200 which has since increased to the present 451.
Morgan Tx First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church of Morgan
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Morgan Tx First United Methodist Church historical marker
First United Methodist Church historical marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Morgan Tx Baptist Church
Morgan Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Morgan Tx Church Of Christ
Church Of Christ
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Morgan Cemetery gate, Texas
Morgan Cemetery tombstones, Texas
Morgan Cemetery
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
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