Palm Valley, Williamson County, Texas

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Palm Valley, Williamson County, Texas
Palm Valley, Williamson County, Texas is located in Texas
Palm Valley, Williamson County, Texas
Palm Valley, Williamson County, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°32′36″N 97°37′16″W / 30.54333°N 97.62111°W / 30.54333; -97.62111Coordinates: 30°32′36″N 97°37′16″W / 30.54333°N 97.62111°W / 30.54333; -97.62111
Country United States
State Texas
County Llano
Elevation 709 ft (216 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 512
FIPS code [1]

Palm Valley is a ghost town on US Route 79, east of Round Rock, in the county of Williamson, in the U.S. state of Texas.

The community was named for its founder, Swedish settler Anna Palm, a widow with six sons, who arrived in 1853. The family lived in tents, and eventually built a house.[2] The Palm family was shortly followed by other Swedish immigrants. The Palm Valley Lutheran Church was built in 1872 and doubled as a schoolhouse. In 1970, the church was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.[3] Anna's son Andrew J. Palm built his own home in 1873. The house was moved to Round Rock in 1976. Two years later the home was also designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Palm House Museum.[4] During its populous years, Palm Valley was primarily a Swedish community. It has since become a ghost town.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ Anna Palm at Find a Grave
  3. ^ "Palm Valley Luthern Church". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "RTHL AJ Palm House-Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Leffler, John. "Palm Valley, Williamson County, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 21 February 2012.