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GANO, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Williamson County, Texas Hill Country

FM 486
About 6 Miles S of Thorndale
On the Milam County Line
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

The Watson and Wilder families founded the town around 1890. It formed around a school that had been there since the late 1870s. Although the school had been called Gentry, the community was named after Richard Gano, a Confederate general.

A post office opened the following year (1891), and in 1893 the community was on the rise with a population of 75. It was small, but had a doctor - as well as the three essential businesses of a store, gin and mill.

The Gentry school was renamed Gano by 1903 but the post office closed its doors in 1907.

Schools have been called the lifeblood of communities, and shortly after the Gano school was consolidated, the town shriveled by 1950 it had been dropped from most maps.
Gano TX Williamson County 1900 Postmark
Gano TX Williamson County 1900 Postmark
Cover cancelled with Gano 1900 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Texas Williamson  County 1907 postal  map
Williamson County 1907 Postal Map showing Gano
(SE Williamson County near Milan County line)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Gano, Texas
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