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MAVERICK, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Runnels County, Panhandle / West Texas
Highway 158
19 miles NW of Ballinger
7 miles SE of Bronte
33 miles NE of San Angelo
Population: 31 (1990)

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Maverick Texas schoolhouse
The old schoolhouse at Maverick. A cornerstone says 1925.
Photo courtesy Stephen Taylor, December 2004
History on a Pinhead

The town was named for Samuel Augustus Maverick, local landowner and famous Texan. A post office was granted in 1883 but moved a mile east of the original site a year later.

In 1889 the community got its first school. Maverick reached its zenith with three churches, two gas stations, a barber, and three stores.

No statistics are available through the Great Depression, but in 1940 the town had a population of 69. Forty years later there were only 31 people left and that figure is still in use.

See also "Eighteen Ghost Towns of Runnels County" by Alton O'Neil Jr.
Maverick closed school, Texas
A more recent view of the schoolhouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2006

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