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VINEYARD, TEXAS
Formerly Sebree, Texas

Jack County, Central Texas North

U.S. Highway 380, State Highway 114, and FM 1156
About 2 Miles S of Wizard Wells
About 13 Miles SE of Jacksboro the county seat
Population: 00037 (2000)

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Vineyard Tx Road Sign
"Not much to Vineyard but a road sign."
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013

History in a Pecan Shell

Present-day Vineyard is the second town in Jack County to use the name. The first (sometimes referred to as “Old Vineyard") was founded in the 1880s by a man named George Washington Vineyard.

The water on Mr. Vineyard’s property was too harsh for drinking, but it cured several of Mr. Vineyard’s ailments (or so he said). The town received a post office under the name Vineyard in 1882 but after word started spreading of the curative properties of the water, the name of the post office was changed to Wizard Wells, Texas (1915).

In 1899 when the Chicago, Rock Island and Texas Railroad built from Bridgeport to Jacksboro it came within two miles of “Old Vineyard.” A new town grew around the tracks and the name Vineyard was reemployed.

Vineyard became a shipping point for area farmers and ranchers. By the mid 1920s, Vineyard’s population was just over 200 and the town was doing well. Prior to being hit by the Great Depression, Vineyard had several businesses and a brick schoolhouse.

But the Great Depression hit and then WWII. After the war, people left in search of new jobs and the population shrank accordingly. By the 1950s only 40 residents were reported. It has remained more or less at that level ever since.
Vineyard TX
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013

Vineyard TX Jack County 1917 Postmark
Vineyard TX Jack County 1917 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with Vineyard (formerly Sebree) 1917 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Jack County TX 1907 Postal Map
Jack County TX 1907 Postal Map
showing Vineyard (Wizard Wells) & Sebree

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Vineyard, Texas Nearby Towns:
Jacksboro the county seat
Graham | Fort Worth | Dallas
See Jack County | Central Texas North

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