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LAKE VICTOR, TEXAS

Burnet County, Texas Hill Country

30 54' 33" N, 98 11' 36" W (30.909167, -98.193333)
FM 2340
10 Miles N of Burnett
Population: 215 (2000)

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Old store, Lake Victor, Texas
The Store
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
History in a Pecan Shell

Lake Victor was a mere railroad camp along the Houston and Texas Central Railway at the turn of the 20th Century. The community's name may have been a joke since the "Lake" was actually a borrow pit that was only filled if there was enough rain. The namesake was the railroad crew foreman - Victor Kellogg.

In 1903 lots were sold and both school and post office opened. Lake Victor was prosperous for the next 25 years. From a population of 200 in 1914 it increased to 250 by the mid 20s.

The towns economy was stagnant through the Great Depression and the the 40s but the population stayed more or less the same. The school merged with the Burnet ISD in 1947 and the railroad abandoned their tracks in 1951. The mail was rerouted through Lampasas in 1957.

1966 seems to have been the town's high-water mark with 350 people. By 1972 there were only 200 residents which is where it has remained more or less every since.
Rainbo Bread ghost sign,  Lake Victor, Texas
"Rainbo Bread" ghost sign
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005

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Lake Victor Masonic Lodge

We were on vacation this summer and happened upon Lake Victor. In this just about deserted town we found this Masonic Hall on the last street we traveled. - Will Beauchamp, 2008
Lake Victor Lodge Texas
Lake Victor Lodge with Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2008
Lake Victor Lodge Texas Historical Marker
Lake Victor Lodge Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2008
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Historical Marker:
N of Burnet on US 281; 2.8 miles E on FM 2340

Lake Victor Masonic Lodge

Sponsored by the nearby Robert E. Lee Lodge, Lake Victor Lodge No. 1011, A. F. & A. M. was formally established in December 1909 during the 73rd Annual Grand Communications of the Grand Lodge of Texas. The first meeting of the Lake Victor Lodge took place in a rented building on January 1, 1910. The lodge built its own meeting place on this site in 1914 and continued to meet on that site throughout the 20th century. The largest membership of the Lake Victor Lodge in the 20th century was reported in 1953-1954. In 1999 the lodge had 36 members, three of whom had more than 50 years service. As is Masonic custom, the Lake Victor Lodge contributes to charitable causes. The lodge continues to uphold the traditions of its founders.
(2000)

TX Burnet  County 1907 Postal Map
1907 Burnet County postal map showing Lake Victor
N of Burnet near Lampasas County line
From Texas state map #2090

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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