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Fayette Co
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Fayette County, Central Texas South

29° 48' 57" N, 97° 4' 16" W 29.815833, -97.071111
FM 154 and FM 2237 ( a few miles N of I-10 )
16 miles SW of La Grange
10 miles N of Flatonia
27 miles NW of Weimar
32 miles SE of Bastrop
62 miles SE of Austin

Population: 114 (2010) 98 (2000, 1990)

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Muldoon Tx Road Sign

Entering Muldoon
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, January 2012
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History in a Pecan Shell

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.

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."

Muldoon Today

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'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 La Grange (interior scenes).
Muldoon Tx - Stubbs Iowa Store
Muldoon as Stubbs, Iowa - General Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
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Muldoon Landmarks & Photo Gallery

Muldoon TX Depot 1940
Muldoon Depot, c.1940s
Submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, Fayette County Historical Commission
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Muldoon Tx Post Office
Muldoon Post Office, TX 78949
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
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Muldoon Tx Methodist Church
Muldoon Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
Muldoon Tx Living Word Church
Living Word Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
TX  Muldoon Closed Church
A Closed Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
Muldoon Tx Muldoon Church
Another Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
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Muldoon Tx Precinct Courthouse
The Precinct Courthouse in Muldoon
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
Muldoon TX - Abandoned 1890 Building
The 1890 Kerr Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
Muldoon TX - Kerr Store, Abandoned 1890 Building
The Kerr Store front
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
1890 in stone
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006
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Muldoon Texas - Kerr Store c1890
Kerr store with quarry stone in Muldoon
The Kerr Store in 2000
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The Kerr Store in 2001
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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 Tx -  Stone water tank
This stone water tank supplied gravity-flow water to the Kerr store.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006

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.
TX - Muldoon Quarry vintage photo
Photo courtesy Fayette County Heritage Museum and Archives
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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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