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MOUNT CALM, TEXAS

Hill County, North Central Texas

FM 339 and State Highway 31
About 25 Miles S of Hillsboro
About 22 Miles NE of Waco
Population: 00323 (2010)

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Mount Calm, TX - building ruin
"A large building that appeared to have been empty for quite some time, judging by the size of the trees growing inside."
Photo courtesy Madelyne Majors, 2015
History in a Pecan Shell

Although it has since moved one mile north from the original site, Mount Calm was settled in the 1850s when fifty families (more or less) came here to farm. Although one might expect a "mount" in Hill County, the name is said to come from the surname of an early blacksmith. A Baptist church was organized in 1855 and by 1858, the town had acquired a store and post office.

Indian misbehavior didn't do much toward growing the community and the demands of the Civil War didn't increase the population. Railroad expansion in 1881 brought the Texas and St. Louis to Mount Calm - or close enough. The next year was spent relocating businesses to the newly laid rails. Growth followed the arrival of the railroad and in the 1880s a Methodist church and school were built at the new site. The remaining years of the 19th Century saw the population rise to 150 and the town acquired a newspaper and a bank just as the century was about to turn.

To celebrate the new century, Mount Calm incorporated in early 1900. The community had enough capital to welcome another bank in 1907. The population peaked about that time with 634 Mount Calmers, It maintained that level through the 1920s just as drought and the boll weevil diminished cotton production. The population was 525 in the 1930s, but families left in search of work. By the 1970s, Mount Calm had a population of 363 and it is now considered a bedroom community of Waco. The 2000 census reported a population of 310.


Photographer's Note:
"There were a few businesses up and running still, but the “downtown” area seemed to be entirely abandoned." - Madelyne Majors, 2016
Mount Calm, TX - old store building
"This store across the street, quite literally a “hole in the wall”, had a dresser, a couch, and a few desks left inside."
Photo courtesy Madelyne Majors, 2015
Mount Calm, TX - old store building
Photo courtesy Madelyne Majors, 2015
Mount Calm, TX - old store interior
Inside the store
Photo courtesy Madelyne Majors, 2015
Mount Calm, TX -  bank vault
"Next door there was a bank vault that apparently survived the destruction of the rest of the building."
Photo courtesy Madelyne Majors, 2015
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Mount Calm, TX - Star on 1912 building
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Photo courtesy Madelyne Majors, 2015
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