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REAGAN, TEXAS

Falls County, Central Texas North
Highway 6 and FM 413
9 miles SE of Marlin
35 miles SE of Waco
44 miles NW of Bryan / College Station

Population 200 (Estimated)

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Reagan, Texas Post Office
Reagan skyline
Photo courtesy of Paul Newsome, August, 2004
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History in a Pecan Shell

Reagan was named after William Reason Reagan who donated the land. It dates from 1873 when the Waco and Northwestern Railroad laid tracks between Bremond and Ross.

During the mid-1880s Reagan reportedly had nine (!) cotton gins, five stores, and two hotels.

By 1890 they had a weekly newspaper and a thriving population of 500 people.

In 1905 there were two one-teacher schools for Blacks and one three-teacher school for others. Reagan schools consolidated into the Marlin ISD during the wave of school consolidations after WWII.

Reagan reached its high-water mark in 1914 with 600 Reaganites. Population fell during the 1920s and even further in the 30s. It was down to 353 by the time the U.S. entered WWII.

The Southern Pacific discontinued rail service in 1965.

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Reagan Tx First Methodist Church
Reagan First Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005
Reagan Tx Mt Zion Baptist Church
Reagan Mt Zion Baptist Church
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