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PETERS, TEXAS

Austin County, Central Texas South

29 51' 36" N, 96 11' 12" W (29.86, -96.186667)

TX Hwy 36
7.7 miles S of Bellville the county seat
5.8 miles N of Sealy
Zip Code 77474
Area code 979
Population: 95 (2000, 1990)

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Peters TX - Peters Hall, Octagonal Dance Hall
Peters Hall, Peters octagonal dance hall
Photo courtesy The John J. Germann Collection, May 2018

Peters, Texas History

"Peters is on State Highway 36 and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, five miles north of Sealy in southeastern Austin County. Anglo-American settlement in the vicinity began in the mid-1820s, but the town itself was founded about 1880 as a station on the Bellville-Sealy spur of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. The community was named for early resident Albert Peters and acquired a post office in 1883. The population of Peters was an estimated 125 in 1925 and had fallen to an estimated seventy by 1943, when the town had two businesses. The Peters post office was discontinued in the mid-1940s. By 1968 the community's population was estimated at 100. During the early 1980s the town had a hospital, a church, a clubhouse, and three businesses. In 1990 and again in 2000 the population of Peters was estimated at ninety-five."

Charles Christopher Jackson, "Peters, TX," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2023, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/peters-tx. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Peters TX - Peters Hall, Octagonal Dance Hall
Peters Hall, Peters octagonal dance hall
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010


Peters TX - Peters Hall, Octagonal Dance Hall
Peters Hall
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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Peters TX - Peters Hall, Octagonal Dance Hall
Peters Hall
Photo courtesy The John J. Germann Collection, May 2018


Peters Community road sign
Peters Community sign
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010


PetersTX - Peters San Felipe Road sign
Peters San Felipe Road
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, October 2010
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Peters, TX postoffice info
Peters, TX 1887 Postmark
Cover canceled with Peters, TX 1887 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection


Peters, TX 1912 Postmark
Postcard canceled with Peters, TX 1912 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection


TX Austin County 1907 Postal Map
Austin County 1907 postal map showing Peters between Bellville & Sealy
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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