TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Comanche County TX
Comanche County


Texas Towns
A - Z

Comanche Hotels

More Hotels

SIDNEY, TEXAS

Comanche County, North Central Texas / Texas Hill Country

31 56' 58" N, 98 44' 14" W (31.949444, -98.737222)

FM 1689
About 9 miles NW of Comanche the county seat
Population: 148 Est. (2010) 196 est. (2000, 1990)

Sidney, Texas Area Hotels
Comanche Hotels

Sidney Tx Road Sign
Sidney Road Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015
More Texas Signs

History in a Pecan Shell

The community dates from around 1870 with William Yarbrough and J. A. Wright are listed as early pioneers or founders. It had previously been known as either Round Mountain or Jimmie's Creek. When the town was granted a post office in 1886, the postmaster (John Sapp) submitted the name Sidney - which was the name of his son.

The community had a school in operation in the 1870s and a single store in 1883. Nothing much happened through the first few decades of the 20th Century, but by 1940, Sidney had four stores in operation and a population that numbered 200. The population was given as 196 people for the 1980 census - which is where it has remained through the year 2000.

Sidney Tx Baptist Church
Sidney Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015

Sidney Tx Baptist Church sign
Sidney Baptist Church welcome sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015

Sidney Tx Church of Christ sign
Welcome to Church of Christ
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015
More Texas Churches

Sidney Tx Pendergrass Cemetery
Pendergrass Cemetery Entry
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015

Historical Marker: (From Sidney, take FM 1689 south about 1 mile, then go east on county road about 1 mile.)

Pendergrass Cemetery

Pioneer farmer and rancher William Pendergrass (1818-98) and his wife, Emaline (1819-1907), moved from Tennessee to Smith County, Texas, in 1849. They first came to Comanche County in 1859, then settled here permanently after a brief return to Smith County (1866-73). Some of the Pendergrasses' nine children also settled in this area.

A leader in this frontier community, Pendergrass helped to establish several churches and a school, as well as this cemetery. The first interment here was in 1883, when Pendergrass offered a plot of his land for the burial of a stranger whose body was found nearby. Soon afterward, he moved graves of two of his grandchildren, Hilliard Pendergrass and Pearly Cook, to this site from a tract of land he had sold. In 1888 he deeded the one-acre cemetery to the community. Emaline Pendergrass donated another acre shortly after her husband's death in 1898. The 525 graves now (1975) here include those of Pendergrass, his wife, and many of their descendants.

The Pendergrass Cemetery Association, formed as the result of a community beautification drive, fenced the site and erected gates in 1959. The well-maintained cemetery is still used for burials.
(1975)

Sidney Tx Pendergrass Cemetery historical marker
Pendergrass Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015
More Texas Cemeteries

Sidney Tx - Miz Pah Cemetery Entry
Miz' Pah Cemetery Entry
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015

Sidney Tx Store
Sidney Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015
More Texas Stores

Comanche County TX 1920s Map
Comanche County 1920s map showing Sidney (NW of Comanche)
From Texas state map #10749
Courtesy Texas General Land Office


Take a road trip

North Central Texas | Texas Hill Country

Sidney, Texas Nearby Towns:
Comanche the county seat
See Comanche County

Book Hotel Here:
Comanche Hotels | More Hotels
Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, landmarks and recent or vintage photos, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
Texas Counties
Texas Towns A-Z
Texas Ghost Towns

TEXAS REGIONS:
Central Texas North
Central Texas South
Texas Gulf Coast
Texas Panhandle
Texas Hill Country
East Texas
South Texas
West Texas

Courthouses
Jails
Churches
Schoolhouses
Bridges
Theaters
Depots
Rooms with a Past
Monuments
Statues

Gas Stations
Post Offices
Museums
Water Towers
Grain Elevators
Cotton Gins
Lodges
Stores
Banks

Vintage Photos
Historic Trees
Cemeteries
Old Neon
Ghost Signs
Signs
Murals
Gargoyles
Pitted Dates
Cornerstones
Then & Now

Columns: History/Opinion
Texas History
Small Town Sagas
Black History
WWII
Texas Centennial
Ghosts
People
Animals
Food
Music
Art

Books
Cotton
Texas Railroads

Texas Trips
Texas Drives
Texas State Parks
Texas Rivers
Texas Lakes
Texas Forts
Texas Trails
Texas Maps
USA
MEXICO
HOTELS

Site Map
About Us
Privacy Statement
Disclaimer
Contributors
Staff
Contact Us

 
Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved