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McFADDIN, TEXAS


Victoria County, Texas Gulf Coast

28 33' 14" N, 97 0' 50" W (28.553889, -97.013889)

FM 445
2 miles E of Highway 77
near the San Antonio River
18 miles S of Victoria the county seat
31 miles SW of Port Lavaca
Population: 50 est. (2019) 175 (2000) 300 (1990)

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McFaddin Texas former post office

The Former Post Office
TE photo

History in a Pecan Shell

Captain James A. McFaddin was a Civil War veteran who had a ranch here in 1876. It was simply known as McFaddin's Ranch until the railroad came through in 1906 and started referring to the stop as Marianna.

Marianna became the name for the post office as well in 1907.

In 1923, Al, the son of James McFaddin had the town's name changed back to McFaddin. The McFaddin family operated the general store. The store is still in operation in 2001.

McFaddin has three Texas Historic Commission plaques - for the original post office - the store - and the church.

For 30 years the population stayed at about 75 people, with the school somehow surviving consolidation. Today, however it stands empty.

McFaddin Tx old post office
The Former Post Office
TE photo, April 2001

Historical Marker: FM 445 (20 miles S. of Victoria on US 77)

McFaddin Post Office

The McFaddin Ranch settlement was renamed Marianna in 1906 by the St. Louis, Brownsville, & Mexico Railroad. A post office, opened in the Marberry and Stubblefield General Store in 1907, moved to the McFaddin Mercantile in 1911, and to this building in 1913. At the request of A.M. McFaddin, the name was changed back to McFaddin in 1923. Mail was delivered and sent out on the train until 1962. The board-and-batten building features a gable front and shed-roof porch.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1990

McFaddin  Tx new post office
The New Post Office
TE photo, April 2001


McFaddin TX general store
The McFaddin General Store
TE photo

Historical Marker: FM 445

McFaddin Mercantile

The St. Louis, Brownsville,and Mexico Railroad built a line thorugh the McFaddin Ranch about 1900. The ranch settlement, temporarily renamed Marianna by the railroad, soon boasted a depot, post office, church, school, and several businesses, including this mercantile built in 1910. It was a community gathering place and briefly housed the post office. The board-and-batten structure is a fine example of small community mercantile stores.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1990

McFaddin church
Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church
TE photo

Historical Marker: FM 445, McFaddin
Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church
Built through the generosity of James A. and A. M. McFaddin in 1916, this church began as a mission of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Victoria. It was established to serve Catholics in the Marianna (later McFaddin) community, including workers on the McFaddin Ranch. An important local landmark, the redwood church building features shiplap siding and an attached entry bay at the gable front topped by a woodencross.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1990

Church historic plaque
Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church Plaque
TE photo


McFaddin  old school house
The Eight Grade McFaddin School as seen from the church entrance

TE photo


Victoria County TX 1940 Map
Victoria County 1940s map showing McFaddin near Refugio County line
From Texas state map #4335
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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McFaddin, Texas Nearby Towns:
Victoria the county seat
Port Lavaca
See Victoria County

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