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HOLLIS, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Madison County, Central Texas South

Off FM 1452
About 10 Miles W of Madisonville
Population: Unknown

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Miniature Hollis Texas
Miniature Hollis
Photo courtesy John J. Germann, October 2015
History in a Pecan Shell

Three Louisiana brothers (Charles, Tom and William Hollis) established the town in the early 1880s. A post office was granted in 1883 and in 1884 the community had roughly fifty residents.

The town had two gristmills, several gins, three general stores and a pharmacy that doubled as a barber shop.

By the early 1900s, Hollis' population doubled to just over 100. The post office closed in 1906 but the town constructed a school in 1910. Already in decline, Hollis closed the school and it became a Methodist church. In 1912 it was moved to North Zulch.

The town was bypassed by the railroad, further depleting the shrinking population.


Photographer's Note:
"My friend and I were at the site of Hollis and stumbled upon a "miniature Hollis" constructed there with painstaking effort and loving care. We can't find anything about it on the internet. Thought you might be interested in it." -
John J. Germann
TX Miniature Hollis
Miniature Hollis
Photo courtesy Bill Trevillion, October 2015
TX Miniature Hollis Schoolhouse
Miniature Hollis Schoolhouse
Photo courtesy Bill Trevillion, October 2015
TX Miniature Hollis  Church
"Welcome to the Lil' White Church"
Photo courtesy Bill Trevillion, October 2015
TX Miniature Hollis Saloon
Miniature "Dry Gulch Saloon"
Photo courtesy Bill Trevillion, October 2015
Hollis TX Madison County  1897 Postmark
Hollis TX Madison County  1897 Postmark
Cover cancelled with Hollis TX 1897 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Hollis, Texas
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