a Pecan ShellAlthough
the Spanish words translate into ‘small white saplings”, locals claim that the
Mexican ranchers who first came here named it after hackberry trees they found.
first population figure is from the 1891 when the village reported 25 residents.
It wasn’t until 1916 when the first post office opened, but that soon closed and
residents had to wait until 1928 before it was reestablished.
population was reported as 20 with five businesses in operation. It peaked in
1943 with 100 residents counted but it dropped like a stone for the 1950 census
with only 40 people counted.
It has remained more or less frozen in time,
with an estimated 35 residents in 1990.
Blanco, Texas Today Photographer's
"Palito Blanco is an interesting village. It is off the major highways
and is indeed an out of the way place. I was surprised to find that it has its
own school, has two cemeteries and a small church. It has one place of entertainment,
the G & G Bar (open only on Saturday and Sunday) in business since 1968." - Gerald
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