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MERCURY, TEXAS

McCulloch County, Texas Hill Country
FM 502
22 Miles NE of Brady
Population: 166 est. (where it has remained since 1988)

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Entering Mercury Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
History in a Pecan shell

Founded in 1904 shortly after the arrival of the Fort Worth and Rio Grande railroad when the stop became a cattle-shipping point. Within ten years Mercury had a population of 550 (the highest it would ever reach), two banks and two general stores.

Mercury suffered two terrible fires. The first was in 1919 and the second ten years later. The town might've recovered in time, but the Mercury post office closed in the 30s and then in 1938 the town was by-passed by the new Brownwood-Brady highway. The final nail was driven in the town's coffin when Mercury's schools consolidated with Rochelle's school district in the late 40s. The population declined accordingly.

From its peak of 550 in 1914, it dropped to 489 in 1933 and then to166 residents by 1988.
Mercury Texas store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
Mercury Texas old building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007

MERCURY, TEXAS

By David Knape

This is no perjury
we found little Mercury,
but not in outer space

Where else but in Texas
would it be,
and certainly that's the case

This town called Mercury
lives quietly in harmony,
but sadly its die is cast

Best take a chance
tour Mercury while it lasts,
cause it may be goin' fast.

© d.knape

Mercury TX postmark
Mercury TX postmark
Cover cancelled with 1933 Mercury postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
TX McCulloch County 1907 Postal Map
McCulloch County 1907 Postal Map showing Mercury (NE of Brady)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Mercury, Texas
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