a Pecan ShellOriginally
named Los Olmos or “The Elms,” the community was situated just north
of the creek of the same name. The change of name became official in 1917. Olmos’
history begins just after the Civil War when partners Hank and Joe Sullivan started
a ranch here. They were soon joined by two English sisters who started a sheep
ranch with 1,000 head.
The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway built
through Bee County in 1888, passing eight miles east of Los Olmos. A Catholic
church was built that same year and a school shortly thereafter. Early population
figures are not known, but the 1940 census figures gave a population of 70. The
Olmos school merged with others in the Skidmore-Tynan District and the Olmos school
became a community center. The one remaining store closed in the 1970s and today
only the community center remains in use.
Here are a couple of pic's of what's left of the farming community of Olmos just
south of Beeville, TX. There are still scattered farm & ranch residences but that's
about all that's left. I believe the now abandoned community center was once a
school nearby and the brush has just about taken over the old gas station. ...In
1915 Olmos had a Cotton Gin, a Store, a School, and a population of 50.
Beauchamp, November 07, 2008
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