Telegraph, Texas

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Telegraph, Texas
Telegraph, Texas is located in Texas
Telegraph, Texas
Telegraph, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°19′39″N 99°54′22″W / 30.32750°N 99.90611°W / 30.32750; -99.90611Coordinates: 30°19′39″N 99°54′22″W / 30.32750°N 99.90611°W / 30.32750; -99.90611
Country United States
State Texas
County Kimble
Elevation 1,854 ft (565 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-72092[1]
GNIS feature ID 1379144[2]

Telegraph is a ghost town on Texas State Highway 377, thirteen miles 13 miles (20 km) southwest of Junction, in Kimble County, Texas, United States.

History[edit]

LBJ biographer Robert A. Caro notes that "the town had no telegraph; it had been given its name because telegraph poles had been cut from trees near there during the 1850s."[3]

Ruth Holmes was appointed the first postmaster, when Telegraph was assigned a post office on February 17, 1900.[4]

By the 1890, there were ranches in the surrounding area of the Texas Hill Country. During the 1920s, camping on the river near Telegraph was a popular vacation spot for campers, hunters, and fishermen, with the only building of the town serving as the residence/country store/post office (which closed in 2009). In 1925, Telegraph had rental cabins on the river, a gas station-post office-general store (residence of the post master).[5]

The general store and post office, built 1890-1900, was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1996, Marker number 5219.[6]

Telegraph was about a mile from the ranch built by Governor Coke Stevenson, known as "Mr. Texas."

At its peak in 1966, the town had a trade population of 56 people, made up of people living in the cedar brakes and on the ranches surrounding Telegraph, using its post office.[7]

Notable persons[edit]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Telegraph has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Caro, Robert A. (1990). Means of Ascent. Alfred A. Knopf. p. 155. ISBN 0-394-49973-5. 
  4. ^ "Kimble County Post Offices". Jim Wheat. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Gaxiola, Anthony B. "TSHA-Telegraph, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Telegraph Store and Post Office". Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Escape-Telegraph, Texas". Texas Escapes. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Climate Summary for Telegraph, Texas