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NIXON, TEXAS

Gonzales County, Central Texas S
Highways 87, 97, and FM 1117
26 miles SW of Gonzales
Population 2,186(2000) 2,017(1990)

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water tower in Nixon, Texas


Nixon water tower and street scene

Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, April 2005
History in a Pecan Shell

Named after John T. Nixon when the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway crossed his ranch in 1906. Nixon sold lots on the site and within months, the new town had a gin, barber, bank, butcher, store, doctor and a lumberyard. Originally named Nixonville with the opening of the post office in 1906, it was shortened two years later.

That same year the residents and school of neighboring Rancho, Texas moved to Nixon with their church following in 1911. By 1914 there were 1,300 people with the previously mentioned businesses along with a newspaper, telephone service and at least two more stores.

Nixon's population shrank to 1,037 in 1930, but by 1940 it had increased to more than 1,800. Railroad service to Nixon ceased in the 1970s.
Mural in Nixon, Texas




A mural in Nixon

Photo courtesy Teri Brown
Nixon, Texas mural


A mural on the drug store depicting the town

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Nixon-Smiley High School, Nixon, Texas



Nixon-Smiley High School

Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, April 2005
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Nixon, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Nixon, Texas
    My mother, who is currently 94 years old, was brought to Nixon in 1914, at age 3. She resided there untill 1921. Her aunt was Dr. Ella Ware who was the first female graduate of the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Ware practiced her entire career in Stockdale and delivered most all of the children in Wilson County, and many in the Nixon area during those years. Mother's father, Harry W. Seely was general manager for Mr. Campbell's lumber yard (I believe that Mr. Campbell was also the town banker). Her dad also was proprietor of his own grocery store in downtown Nixon ("H.W. Seely Grocery" --"Staples and Fancy Foods").

    She has many wonderful stories (and pictures) of Nixon and the surrounding areas. Among my mom's abundant memories is one involving the very first airplane to ever land in Nixon (actually, it was forced down by a mechanical failure). She says that school was let out so the children could go and see the "flying machine" and to be able to talk to the aviator. She currently resides in Leon Valley (N.W. San Antonio) and will celebrate her 95th birthday this fall. She would love to revisit the old hometown and to participate in the centennial happenings. She is in good health and her mind is still very sharp. She has so many interesting tales to relate of that wonderful part of Texas. I think that she would be a most valuable asset to your centennial celebration. Thank you. - Jack Steen, Myrtle Creek, Oregon, July 20, 2006

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