Swinney Switch, TX


By: John Leffler

Type: General Entry

Published: July 1, 1995


Swinney Switch, also known as Swinney, is a rural community at the intersection of Farm roads 534 and 3024, twelve miles southeast of George West in southeastern Live Oak County. It was named for Sid J. Swinney, who in 1917 bought about 300 acres of land on a hill and built a store there, which he named Swinney Switch to encourage a railroad to build through the area. In the early 1930s he also helped to organize a church congregation, which at first met under a brush arbor. Later a small chapel was built. Despite Swinney's hopes, no railroad ever extended its tracks near the town. In 1936 the community consisted of the church, two businesses, and a few scattered dwellings. By the late 1970s the church was no longer shown on maps of the area, but in the 1980s Swinney Switch had an active volunteer fire department and a ladies' auxiliary.

Ervin L. Sparkman, The People's History of Live Oak County (Mesquite, Texas, 1981).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

John Leffler, “Swinney Switch, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 27, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/swinney-switch-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

July 1, 1995

Place
Swinney Switch
Currently Exists
No
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
1348156
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Live Oak County
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 28.24472680°
  • Longitude: -97.92027880°
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Adoption Status: ⭐
This place has been adopted and will not be available until August 23, 2022
Adopted by:
Paige Willett
Dedication Message:
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