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STRING PRAIRIE, TX (BASTROP COUNTY)

STRING PRAIRIE, TEXAS (Bastrop County). String Prairie is on State Highway 304 southwest of Rosanky in southern Bastrop County. A small settlement had sprung up on the site before the Civil War, and in 1886 a String Prairie post office was established with George Zimmerman as postmaster. In 1890 String Prairie had a population of twenty-five, a general store, a cotton gin, and a druggist. By 1914 the estimated population had grown to 400, and the community had three blacksmiths, as well as grocery, drug, and millinery establishments. In 1924 area residents approved a fifty-cent school tax and built a one-teacher school. The population soon declined, however, and the post office closed in 1929. By the 1930s the population was once again twenty-five. In the late 1940s it moved upward to fifty and in the late 1960s to seventy-five; it was still seventy-five in 1990. In 2000 the population was 125.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

William Henry Korges, Bastrop County, Texas: Historical and Educational Development (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1933). Bill Moore, Bastrop County, 1691–1900 (Wichita Falls: Nortex, 1977).

Paula Mitchell Marks

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Paula Mitchell Marks, "STRING PRAIRIE, TX (BASTROP COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hns96), accessed August 21, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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