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HARWOOD, TEXAS

Gonzales County, Central Texas South
Highway 90 a mile N of I-10
N of Gonzales
E of Luling
About 60 miles E of San Antonio

Population: Est. 185 (2000)

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Closed Little Zion Church NE of Harwood Tx
Little Zion Church NE of Harwood
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson December 2006
History in a Pecan Shell

The town came into being as the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad moved west in the 1870s. The townís namesake was Gonzales lawyer Thomas Moore Harwood. First named Mule Creek, after a local watercourse, a post office operated from 1872 through 1874 under that name on the Gonzales to Lockhart stage route (just west of the present location). When the railroad arrived, the new post office opened in the new town under itís new name.

With 300 residents by 1915, Harwood became a respectable town with most essential business. With the railroad and two cotton gins, Harwood became a center of cotton processing and shipping.

Postwar highway improvements allowed people to leave the town for better paying jobs and a slow decline set in Ė reducing the population to 112 for the 1990 census.

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Harwood Tx Hardware Store

Harwood Hardware Store
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A closed store in Harwood
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Closed Little Zion Church NE of Harwood Tx
Approaching Little Zion Church NE of Harwood
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Closed Little Zion Church NE of Harwood Tx
Closed Little Zion Church
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Little Zion cemetery NE of Harwood Tx
Little Zion Cemetery NE of Harwood
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