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    WINTERS, TEXAS

    Runnels County, Panhandle / West Texas
    Highway 83, FM 1770 and 53
    41 miles S of Abilene
    16 miles N of Ballinger
    52 miles NE of San Angelo

    Population: 2,880

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    John N. Winters, a local rancher is the town's namesake. The original location was about a mile SE of present Winters, and was originally called Bluff Creek Valley. The Curry and Bell families are credited with being the towns first settlers - arriving around 1880.

    A post office was granted in 1891 and John Winters donated the land for a school. In 1892 there were 163 Winterites. Winters became famous for a travelling brass band that had been organized there in 1901. The first newspaper was the Recorder (1903) which underwent a name change to the Winters Enterprise in 1905. By 1910 the population of Winters was just over 1,200.

    In 1909, the Abilene and Southern Railway laid tracks from Abilene to Winters and the town incorporated that same year. The town received a public library in 1964. The population reached 3,061 in 1980 and it was 2,905 in 1990. It remains about the same in 2004 (2,880).
    Winters Texas - St. Johns Lutheran Church

    St. John's Lutheran Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2005
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    Winters, Texas - C. Kornegay's Gin
    C. Kornegay's Gin, Winters, Texas - Postmarked July 1908
    "Capacity 100 Bales in 12 Hours"
    Courtesy William Beauchamp Collection
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