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KIMBRO, TEXAS

Travis County, Texas Hill Country

30 23' 19" N, 97 28' 17" W (30.388611, -97.471389)

FM 1100 (North of US290)
Near New Sweden
5 miles E of Manor
East of Austin
West of Elgin
Population: 50 (1990)

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Kimbro Cemetery, Texas
Kimbro Cemetery
TE Photor, 2000

History in a Pecan Shell

Originally named Cottonwood, the town was named after Lemuel Kimbro, who had received the land in a grant awarded in the 1830s. A post office was established in 1901 and discontinued the following year. In 1907 Kimbro had a school with thirty-nine students which was eventually consolidated with other neighboring schools to form the Manda common school district. Kimbro had a population of twenty-five in the 1930s and has stayed at 50 for the last 50 years.

The surnames on the graves in the cemetery at Kimbro (pictured above) shows that the community was heavily Swedish. Barely detectable over the tombstone is the distant steeple of the New Sweden church.



Historical Marker: (Between Manda Carlson Road and FM 1100)

Kimbro

Named for pioneer landowner Lemuel Kimbro, this community was settled in the late 1870s by Swedish, Danish, and German immigrants. Most of the residents were cotton farmers, and at its height the community boasted homes, farms, the Swedish Evangelical Free Church of Kimbro, a school, a cotton gin, and two general stores. The school closed in 1947 when the nearby Manda Consolidated School District was formed, and the church building was moved to Elgin in 1954. Many of Kimbro's early settlers were buried here; some of their descendants still reside in the area.
(1991)
Church in New Sweden, Texas
The church in New Sweden
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Travis County TX 1907 Postal Map
Travis County 1907 Postal Map showing Kimbro, New Sweden, Manor , Manda and Elgin
(in NE Travis County)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office


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