Shannon, TX


By: Brian Hart

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: July 1, 1995


Shannon is on Farm Road 175 twenty miles southwest of Henrietta in extreme south central Clay County. It was established around a general store built by Rachel D. Ivie in 1878 and was known as Stampede Springs. This name was changed, apparently soon after the settlement's founding, to Shannon, in honor of a pioneer family that had come to the area from the Shannon Valley in Ireland. A post office opened in 1893. By 1910 the local school enrolled eighty-two students and employed two teachers. By the mid-1920s 112 persons lived in Shannon. The population remained constant throughout the succeeding three decades, while the reported number of businesses fell from three in 1936 to two by the mid-1950s. The population decreased to eighty in 1966–67 and to twenty-three by the late 1970s. In 1990 the population was listed as twenty-three. The population remained the same in 2000.

William Charles Taylor, A History of Clay County (Austin: Jenkins, 1972).
Categories:
  • Peoples
  • Irish
Places:
  • Communities

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

Brian Hart, “Shannon, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/shannon-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
July 1, 1995

Place
Shannon
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
1368055
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Clay County
Associated Names

Stampede

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 33.47399690°
  • Longitude: -98.25893570°
Population Counts
People Year
20 2009