After watching that H-E-B commercial – Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all! Don’t you just love Texas? We have sweet tea, George Strait, South Padre Island, the widest highway in the world (we really do), the Cowboys, and these 5 towns named after Christmas.
5 Towns in Texas Named After Christmas
Rudolph, TX – Population Unknown.
Rudolph, TX does not have a city website or a Wikipedia entry. The only info on Rudolph, TX is brought to you by the Texas State Historical Association.
Rudolph, Texas, a shipping point on U.S. Highway 77 and the Missouri Pacific line, thirty-eight miles south of Sarita in southwestern Kenedy County, was named for Rudolph Kleberg, United States congressman around 1900. The St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway was completed through the area in 1904. That year a post office opened, but it closed in 1907. In 1948 the site had a railroad station and an airway beacon light. In 1982 a pumphouse was still in operation. (Source)
Joy, TX – Population 40 (Source)
Joy, Texas is an unincorporated community 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the intersection of Farm to Market Road 173 and State Highway 148, 16 miles (26 km) south of Henrietta in southern Clay County, Texas, United States. The population was about 45 in 2000. (Wikipedia)
History of Joy, TX
Joy Creek runs through the Joy oilfield north of the community. Joy was first known as Fanninton when it was established by a group of settlers from Fannin County about 1880. One of the pioneer families had a sick child who died on the way west and the mother refused to leave its gravesite. In 1881 the community had a small log-cabin school and a Methodist church. The large, expansive grasslands attracted the Red River Cattle Company to Joy in the late 19th Century.
In 1895 the community petitioned for a post office because mail was often mixed with mail for Fannin County. The origin of the name Joy was dictated by the US Post Office. The post office operated until 1930. Bypassed by every major US and state thoroughfare and railroad through Clay County, the community never flourished. Oil discovered in 1942 boosted the population to its current level of 150, one of the few small, unincorporated towns in Clay County to actually grow during the 20th Century. In 1990 the nearby Joy field had 14 oil wells with an annual production of 25 million barrels of crude oil. The population of Joy was reported as 150 in 1990. (Source)
Holly, TX – Population 112 (Source)
Holly, TX is an unincorporated community in Houston County, Texas. It does not have a website but does come up on a Wikipedia search.
Holly is located at the junction of Farm to Market Road 1280 and Farm to Market Road 2781 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Crockett. Holly had a post office from 1886 to 1914. Its population was estimated to be 112 as of 2000. (Source)
Garland, TX – Population 226,876 (Source)
Fun Personal Fact: My dad used to live in Garland for a few years!
The biggest city on the list is Garland, TX. A Dallas suburb with a population of 226,876. Per the Wikipedia page, Garland is a city in the U.S. State of Texas. It is a large city northeast of Dallas and is a part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, as well as a suburb of Dallas. It is located almost entirely within Dallas County, except a small portion located in Collin and Rockwall Counties.
Bells, TX – Population 1400 (Source)
Bells, Texas is a town in Grayson County, Texas, United States. Bells had its start in the early 1870s when the railroad was extended to that point. According to tradition, ringing of church bells to greet the arrival of the railroad caused the name to be selected. (Source)
Did I miss any or do you know of a town that has a Christmas name? Leave a comment below.
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