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NILE, TEXAS

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Milam County, Central Texas S
9 Miles W of Rockdale

Population: 0

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Named after the Egyptian River, Nile seems to have arrived alongside the tracks of the International and Great Northern Railroad in the late 1880s. A post office opened in 1890 and by 1892 fourteen people were receiving mail there. The economy was strong enough to support two cotton gins in the mid 1890s as well as a general store. By this time the population had risen to 35. By 1903 the one-teacher school taught forty-three students but by 1914 the population was back to 25 and the post office closed two years later. The school managed to stay open through 1946 when it was merged with the schools in Thorndale. Nile's history stops at this point. Today there is no sign of Nile on county maps; not even a cemetery.
Milam County Texas 1920s map
1920s Milam County map showing Nile
(W of Rockdale. Under "I" in "MILAM")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Nile, Texas
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