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Knox County TX
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VERA, TEXAS

Knox County, Texas Panhandle / Central Texas North

33° 38' 0.34" N, 99° 33' 58.31" W (33.633426, -99.566196)
Near Baylor County line
Highway 82
About 14 Miles E of Benjamin
18 Miles W of Seymour
60 Miles SW of Wichita Falls
Population: 50 (2000) 276 (1990)

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Knox County TX - Vera Highway sign
Yea, Vera-ly…
Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010

Vera, Texas Topics:

  • History in a Pecan Shell
  • Yea, Vera-ly… - A Travel Jounal by Rick Vanderpool
  • A Visit to Vera - Photos by Barclay Gibson

  • History in a Pecan Shell

    Originally known as White Flat for the local terrain, the name posed a problem when a post office was applied for around 1890. The town was then renamed after Vera Kellogg, the daughter of early an early settler (Holt Kellogg).

    Stock-raising and farming were the first businesses and these were joined by cotton production about 1900. During a series of school consolidations, Vera came out on top - but finally lost out in 1960 when students started attending classes in Seymour or Benjamin.

    From just 100 people reportedly living there in 1960, Vera hit a record high in 1970 with 276 people and then declining to 176 in 1980. Both 1990 and 2000 figures tie with the 276 people enumerated in 1970.

    Yea, Vera-ly…

    by Rick Vanderpool

    Coming into the small community of VERA (Knox County, Texas) from the west on US82/TX114, attached to the speed limit sign is one that reads simply VERA. No welcome to… No population figure… Just VERA.

    Immediately on the left, is a residence with a sizeable sign on the front that declares, GRAY FOX. Raises lots of questions, none of which I had time to pursue this visit. A hundred yards further up 82/114 the roof of a nice structure (looked like an impressive residence once upon a time) screamed in large, faded red letters, HOMESTYLE MEALS. Same thing on the east side roof. No other signage and I assume that nothin's cookin' at this address these days.
    Knox County TX - Vera "Home Style Meal" on roof
    "HOMESTYLE MEALS"
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
    No more than a dozen other residences (or buildings of any sort, for that matter) are visible from the highway, but taking a North at a sign for the cemetery, I noted a couple more residences. VERA Cemetery was as quiet and peaceful as, well, you know…
    Knox County TX - Vera Cemetery
    Vera Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
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    Back to the highway, then a South at a sign for VERA Baptist Church. A few more nice residences were tucked among the trees along this little lane. Back to the highway.
    Knox County TX - Vera Baptist Church
    Vera Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
    About the center of town, is the former VERA Post Office – zip code 76383. Next to it with ample parking is the VERA Community Center, a large, open pavilion, complete with basketball hoop at one end and enclosed meeting room on the other. In between were two large pews and two picnic tables.
    Knox County TX - Vera Post Office 76383
    Former Vera Post Office, TX 76383
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
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    Knox County TX - Vera Community Center
    Vera Community Center
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
    VERA has one or two former enterprises, now empty buildings. One is for sale and the others' structural integrity might be in serious doubt – just a casual observation, from a safe distance. I noted the ubiquitous collection of new and very used agricultural equipment, strewn along the highway, rusting quietly until next season. Or the next life.
    Knox County TX - Vera United  Methodist Church
    Vera United Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
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    The VERA United Methodist Church is located at the eastern boundary of the little town, and the next thing I knew, I was in Baylor County.

    © Rick Vanderpool
    Texas Plains Trail Journal entry for April 24, 2010

    A Visit to Vera after Winter Frost
    Vera Tx Old Garage
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010
    Knox County TX - Vera Cemetery Tombstones
    Vera Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010
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    /Vera Tx Abandoned House
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010
    TX Knox County 1920s Map
    1920s Knox County map showing Vera, between Benjamin & Seymour
    From Texas state map #10749
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Vera, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Benjamin | Seymour | Wichita Falls
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    Knox County | Texas Panhandle | Central Texas North

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