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NOVICE, TEXAS

Coleman County, Texas Panhandle / Texas Hill Country

3159'19"N 9937'31"W (31.988664, -99.625334)
FM 702 just off U.S. Highway 84
17 Miles NW of Coleman, the county seat
35 miles S of Abilene
Population: 139 (2010) 142 (2000)

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Novice TX - Railroad Track
Railroad tracks
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Once named Tyro in the 1870s, a post office opened under that name in 1880 (see 1882 map below) but closed the next year. When it reopened in 1884, the name submitted was something of a joke since the store owners there were novices in the business.

With the arrival of the railroad in 1910, the town moved one mile north to take advantage of the benefits the railroad offered. It was joined by another small town named Atoka.

First population figures available are from the mid 1920s when 200 residents were counted. The town experienced a minor oil boom in the early 1930s and the population jumped to 450. But the Great Depression reduced the populace to only 200 by the mid 1930s.

In 1971 Novice reported a population of 160, which has declined to just 142 when the 2000 census was over.
Novice TX - Novice City Hall
Novice City Hall
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
TX - Novice Community Center
Novice Community Center
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
TX - Novice Baptist Church
Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
TX - Novice United Methodist Church
Novice United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
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Novice TX - Novice Cafe & Store
Novice Cafe & Store
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Abandoned building
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Novice TX - Abandoned building
Abandoned building
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Novice TX - Abandoned building
Abandoned building
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Novice TX - water tank
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Novice TX - windmills
Windmills
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
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TX - Novice City Limit
Novice City Limit
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Coleman County TX 1882 Map
1882 Coleman County map showing Novice as Tyro, near Blue Gap
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Coleman County TX 1907 Postal Map
Coleman County 1907 postal map showing Novice
(NW corner of Coleman County, near Atoka, NW of Coleman)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Novice, Texas Nearby Towns:
Coleman, the county seat
Abilene
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