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

MULDOON, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas South
FM 154 and FM 2237 ( a few miles N of I-10 )
9 miles N of Flatonia
27 miles NW of Weimar
32 miles SE of Bastrop
62 miles SE of Austin
15 miles SW of LaGrange

Population: 98

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Muldoon Texasstreet scene
Muldoon street scene
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Muldoon at the Millennium

Today Muldoon sits undisturbed and nearly forgotten in Fayette County just a few miles north of I-10 with a few handsome stone buildings and a sprinkling of houses. There are two churches and a post office, but most Muldoonites do their shopping in LaGrange, Bastrop, or Smithville.
Muldoon movie set general store
Muldoon as Stubbs, Iowa
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Muldoon's 15 minutes of near-fame came when it was filmed as a stand-in for Stubbs, Iowa in the 1996 movie Michael. It appears in the very first scenes of the movie. Look closely. We missed it. Other nearby locations for Michael were a dancehall in Winchester and the Fayette County Courthouse in LaGrange (interior scenes).

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The Man Muldoon
Muldoon was named after Father Michael Muldoon, a clergyman who briefly served Stephen F. Austin's first colonists. He was the only non-Hispanic member of the Monterrey, Mexico Diocese and was probably assigned his duties since he spoke English. He was born in County Cavan in Ireland but was ordained in Spain. He returned to Mexico, visited Stephen Austin during his 1834 confinement and also assisted William Wharton in his escape from a Matamoros prison in 1837.
Muldoon was openly pro-Texan, which led to a brief imprisonment.

He made an appearance back in Texas in 1842 when he was given a letter of appreciation from Anson Jones. After that Father Muldoon disappeared from history and his final resting-place is unknown.

Muldoon Texas Post office
Post Office in Muldoon
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The Town Muldoon

The town of Muldoon sits today on land that he bought (while he was in Saltillo, Mexico) in 1831. The 48,000 acres was surveyed by Thomas Borden and after Father Muldoon disappeared, the change of ownership was brokered by Gail Borden, the man who later invented condensed milk and had a town in neighboring Colorado County named after him (Borden) as well as a town (Gail) in Borden County.

The post office followed the railroad by two years (in 1888).

Muldoon never had more than 200 persons living there and that record was reached in 1943. Current Postmaster Jerry Alexander states that there are about 35 persons in the immediate "town center."

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truck grill
Chester L. Cherry tells us this truck was backed into the garage in 1946
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Muldoon and some of the very few things that happened there
A local quarry furnished stone to several buildings in nearby Moulton, other parts of Fayette County and beyond. According to the Handbook of Texas Online, some of the stone in the Galveston jetties was produced from the Muldoon quarry.
See The Muldoon Quarry >
The Kerr Store c. 1890
Muldoon Texas - Kerr Store c1890
The Kerr Store c. 1890
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Kerr store with quarry stone in Muldoon  The Kerr Store close up
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stone water tank
This stone water tank supplied gravity-flow water to the Kerr store.
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Muldoon Texas A.B. Kerr and Son Store token front
 
Muldoon Texas A.B. Kerr and Son Store token back
A.B. Kerr and Son Token (front and back) from Muldoon
Photos courtesy Joe Meyers
Muldoon Native Son:
Marshal Pitman by Mike Cox
Walter W. Pitmanís good luck held for more than half a century. Not everything went his way, but in big-stake deals the figurative roulette wheel of life generally spun in his favor...
Muldoon Texas Forum
  • Subject: A.B. Kerr and Son Token
    A few years ago I was metal detecting at Gibtown,Texas in Jack County. I found a token from the A.B. Kerr and Sons store in Muldoon, Texas. Sure would be a great story on how the token made the 300 mile trip from Muldoon to Gibtown, probably by horse and wagon. - Joe Meyers, July 24, 2006
  • I have just been reading your article on the town in Fayette County, Texas called Muldoon. My name is actually Padraic Muldoon and I live very close to Co. Cavan in Ireland. My father's name is Michael Muldoon and his grandfather was also called Michael Muldoon. I'd be interested to know if Father Michael Muldoon, who the town was named after, is an ancestor. Thanks - Padraic Muldoon, August 11, 2004
  • The info on Muldoon is great! Shroyer Construction has just started construction on a house which will use the "Muldoon blue" stone for its exterior & we are excited about it. Your website is wonderful.- Helen H, March 02, 2001
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