in a Pecan Shell
Hanna Valley was named for the Hanna family. Jesse P. Hanna and his five
sons and their wives settled in the area in the mid 1850s. The Hannas built the
first house in the area despite the threat (and at least one attack) of Comanche
After the Civil War, county vigilante committees that had formed
to fight cattle rustling became banditti themselves, causing the Texas Rangers
to enter the area and set things right.
Hanna Valley's first store appeared
in 1871 with the post office opening five years later. It was closed in 1882,
but reopened two years later. The population was fifty then and the town was notified
by postal authorities they needed to rename their post office since another community
was receiving mail under the name Hanna Valley.
Regency was chosen and
by 1895 the town had a population of 200.
Regency had only forty residents
from the 20s to the 40s and the post office closed for good sometime in the 30s.
The last store closed in 1971.
you’re standing on a suspension bridge and the span begins to bounce as a car
starts across, it may be necessary to suspend an instinctive urge to run.|
This is especially true with the Regency Bridge, which crosses the Colorado River
23 miles from Goldwaithe to
link Mills and San Saba counties. Looking down at the river below, a normally
robust appears to be considerably smaller.
Suppressing hard-wired flight
impulses can be even more difficult if you’ve pulled off Mills County Road
127 to read the 1976-vintage
historical marker summarizing the bridge’s history. The first bridge on this
site was built in 1903. That structure, a traditional truss bridge, lasted
only 23 years – practically a blink of an eye when it comes to public infrastructure
typically designed to last a half-century or more.
the first bridge’s builder surely considered impossible happened on May 9,
1924 when a rancher and his two sons pushed a herd of cattle across the bridge...
Mills County Postal map showing Regency|
"M" in "MILLS" near San Saba County Line)
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