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 Texas : Towns A-Z / Central Texas South : Tunis

TUNIS, TEXAS

Burleson County, Central Texas South
FM 166
On the West bank of the Brazos River
4 Miles NW of Snook
12 Miles NW of Bryan / College Station

Population: 150 (1990)

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St John The Baptist Missionary Church, NW of  TunisTx
St, John The Baptist Missionary Church, NW of Tunis
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006

History in a Pecan Shell

Settlement first began in the1820s. The town became a trading center for area plantations in the mid-1800s. Tunis had a post office in 1878. Dog races held on Sunday gave the community the unofficial name of “Dogtown.” During the 1890s Italian immigrants settled in the area and by the late 1800s the town was thriving with four physicians, a store, a blacksmith, a saloon, school, and church.

Population figures:
1904: 187
1936: 100
1941: 150

In 1945 the Tunis school merged with the Snook ISD. The New Jerusalem Church and the Old Bethlehem Church are still open and serving the community at the time of our visit in 2003.
Oldham Chapel AME Church NW of Tunis Tx
Oldham Chapel - AME Church NW of Tunis. More Texas Churches
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006
Tunis Tx Closed Store
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