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  •  marsanges: my mom's granddad (4+ / 0-)

    founded the town, in the late 1890s. At its peak it had probably 1500-2000 residents. My parents are buried in the municipal cemetery, about 3 miles out of town. Meadow covers the same amount of ground as West; when I was a teen there, it still had several going businesses -- laundromat, farm implement dealer(s) -- two! -- the co-op gin, the local grocery, a lunchstand, a fuel depot (LPG and diesel). All of it's gone now. Population's down to about 600 these days. Railroad runs along the same edge of town as US 62/82 (aka Brownfield Highway). Briefly, in the 1990s, there was an oil boom -- 3 wells, IIRC, and somebody actually opened an ATM in a little bricked-over shed on the gin yard. That's gone, too. It's a farming town.

    My SO's hometown never even got incorporated. There's a bigger school than Meadow, all in one building ...

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:53:10 PM PDT

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