Pierce, Texas

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Pierce, Texas
Unincorporated community
Pierce, Texas is located in Texas
Pierce, Texas
Pierce, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 29°14′21″N 96°12′00″W / 29.23917°N 96.20000°W / 29.23917; -96.20000Coordinates: 29°14′21″N 96°12′00″W / 29.23917°N 96.20000°W / 29.23917; -96.20000
Country United States
State Texas
County Wharton
Elevation[1] 98 ft (30 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 77467
Area code(s) 979
GNIS 1365193[1]

Pierce is an unincorporated community in Wharton County in the U.S. state of Texas. The community is located along U.S. Highway 59 in central Wharton County, between El Campo and Wharton. The town is named for Abel Head "Shanghai" Pierce an influential cattleman.


Pierce is situated at 29°14′21″N 96°12′00″W / 29.23917°N 96.20000°W / 29.23917; -96.20000.[1] Although it is unincorporated, Pierce has a post office, with the ZIP code of 77467.[2] According to the Handbook of Texas, the community had an estimated population of 49 in 2000.[3]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Pierce has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[4]


Shanghai Pierce established the town as a tribute to himself and as an alternative place of business to nearby Wharton. Shanghai funded the construction of a fine hotel meant to anchor commerce and also attempted to have the county seat relocated from Wharton to the town of Pierce. Shanghai's efforts were in vain as the hotel eventually failed and the county seat remained in Wharton. Local folklore states that Shanghai's notorious reputation and local residents' disdain for him resulted in very few hotel patrons which led to the collapse of both hotel and eventually the town itself. In 1895 the name of the town was shortened to Pierce from its original name, Pierce's Station.[5]


Public education in the community of Pierce is provided by the El Campo Independent School District and Wharton Independent School District.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pierce, Texas. Retrieved on August 15, 2013.
  2. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  3. ^ Hudgins, Merle R. "Handbook of Texas Online: PIERCE, TX". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Pierce, Texas
  5. ^ "Pierce, Texas". Texas Escapes Online Magazine. Retrieved October 18, 2009.