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FIFE, TEXAS

McCulloch County, Texas Hill Country

31 23' 26" N, 99 23' 4" W (31.390556, -99.384444)
Highway 283 and FM 765
18 miles N of Brady the county seat
Population: 32 (2000, 1990)

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Fife Texas city limit sign
"This is the first town I've noticed whose road sign is double sided, meaning the town limits are three inches apart." - Barclay Gibson
December 2007 photo
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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was founded in the early 1880s and named by a former resident of Fifeshire, Scotland. A school was established in 1890 and a post office opened in 1902, appearing on the map below in 1907.

A school was established Fife in 1890 and by 1914 the population had swelled to 200 people calling Fife home. WWII had the same effect on Fife it had on countless cities around the state and the combination of increased mobility, better jobs elsewhere and restless returning veterans, drove the population down to a mere 50.

The school consolidated with Lohn ISD.

Fife Texas Cemetery & Landmarks

Fife Cemetery, Texas
Fife Cemetery
Historic Texas Cemetery

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
Fife Cemetery historical marker, Texas
Fife Cemetery Historical Marker
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Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007

Fife Cemetery

Fife Cemetery Alexander (d. 1896) and Isabella (d. 1898) Mitchell came to this area in 1878 with their children. Alex, a surveyor, farmed and ranched. Daughter Elizabeth Mitchell Bradley, a widow, reared her sons on her parents' homesite and, in 1900, deeded the original one acre for the family cemetery, where her parents' graves bear the earliest dates. Family members and area residents maintained the property, which became a burial ground for the Fife community. A cemetery association organized in 1973, and, in 1981, Bradley heirs deeded two additional acres. The cemetery chronicles early area settlers and their history.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2002
Fife Texas old building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
Fife, Texas 1903 cancelled postmark
Courtesy Dan Whatley Collection

A Sunday drive from Austin:

Highway 71 West to Llano, Valley Spring, Fredonia, and Brady. Then US 283 North to Fife at FM765.
Ghost town Doole is 13 miles West on FM765
TX McCulloch County 1907 Postal Map
McCulloch County 1907 postal map
showing Fife near Coleman County line
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
McCulloch County Town List
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