in a Pecan Shell
Jim Jones is credited with founding Custer
City in 1876 - the nation's Centennial Year. For this reason the town had been
named Centennial City. It was later renamed after George A. Custer, the
boy-general of the Civil War and the man who undercounted the Indian population
at Little Big Horn, Montana. Custer's defeat occurred in 1876 and the townspeople
renamed their town in his memory.
A post office operated between 1877
City had a population of 300 in 1882, but ten years later the population had shrunk
to only 25 persons. The site of Custer City stopped appearing on highway maps
sometime after the 1940 census.
from the famous lithograph |
route map circa 1906, showing Custer City|
Courtesy Texas General Land Office