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PREMONT, TEXAS

Jim Wells County, South Texas
Highway 281
26 miles S of Alice

Population: 2,772 (2000)

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Premont High School Cheerleaders 1953 Texas
 
Premont High School Cheerleaders 1953
Photo courtesy Ruben R. Hernandez

History in a Pecan Shell

Ignacio de la Peña held title to the land that became Premont. He received his grant in 1831 and it remained in his family for the next thirty years. Charles Premont, the town's namesake founded the town in 1908 and donated money to build the Catholic Church. A post office was opened the following year and the town soon expanded. By 1912 there was an estimated 800 people living there. This increased to 1,000 in 1914 when the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway arrived and built a depot.

Premont didn't fully realize its potential and people started drifting away. By the mid 20s there were only 600 people calling Premont home. A Mennonite church was established in Premont in 1927, the congregation being mostly dairy farmers. In the early 30s oil was discovered and Premont's future again looked bright.

Premont Texas Water tower
Premont water tower
TE photo, 2004

Former water tower in Premont

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Incorporated in 1939, Premont's population went over 1,000 shortly before WWII. After the war, Premont's population more than doubled to 2,538. By 1963 it reached its high-water mark of 3,049.

Cowboy Sign in Premont Texas
Cowboy Sign in Premont
TE photo, 2004
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