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Granger in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Friendship Community

 
 
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By Keith Peterson, March 20, 2010
1. Friendship Community Marker
Inscription. Beneath the waters of Granger Lake, constructed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers in the 1970s, lies the site of an early agricultural settlement known as Allison and later as Friendship. Brothers Elihu Creswell Allison and James A. Allison began ranching here in 1847, in what was then Milam County. A post office named Conel operated 1878-80, and in 1892 a new post office opened for Allison. Located along Willis Creek, Allison boasted a cotton gin, a store, a Baptist church, a tabernacle, a community cemetery and the Allison schoolhouse, later known as Old Friendship, shared with a Woodmen of the World lodge.

The devastating 1921 San Gabriel River flood destroyed the gin, store and tabernacle, and the new Friendship community developed nearby on higher ground. It prospered with businesses and social events, such as three-day fairs featuring political speeches and rodeos. Following consolidation with Centerville and Enterprise schools, a new Friendship schoolhouse opened in 1923. In 1958, Friendship merged with Granger school, but the economic base of the community throughout its existence, and local farm and ranch families reflected diverse cultures, including Anglo, Czech and African American.

Most residents dispersed in the 1970s, after construction of the Laneport (later Granger) Dam across the San Gabriel River. Allison
Friendship Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, March 20, 2010
2. Friendship Community Marker
Looking south toward Granger Lake.
(Old Friendship) Cemetery burials were relocated to Granger cemeteries. Much of the recorded early life of the community was the work of Stacy Mikulencak Labaj (1903-77), who collected oral histories with longtime residents. Today, a reunion of Friendship families and friends keeps the memories alive for future generations.
 
Erected 2006 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13614.)
 
Location. 30° 43.109′ N, 97° 19.288′ W. Marker is in Granger, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker is on Granger Dam Road just from FM971 & CR361, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3100 Granger Dam Rd, Granger TX 76530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Moravia School (approx. 5.1 miles away); Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); Site of New Bern Church, School, and Cemetery (approx. 6.1 miles away); Donahoe Community (approx. 6.8 miles away); Granger High School (approx. 6.9 miles away); Young House (approx. 6.9 miles away); Granger City Hall (approx. 7.1 miles away); A. A. & Mary Spacek House (approx. 7.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Granger.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Friendship Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, March 20, 2010
3. Friendship Community Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 501 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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