“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Thrall in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Town of Thrall

Town of Thrall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson
1. Town of Thrall Marker
Inscription. An 1876 International & Great Northern Railroad siding called “Stiles Switch”, for landowners J.E. and F.N. Stiles, grew into a shipping point for the Swiss and Germans who settled this area. The post office that opened in 1901 was named for Methodist minister and historian Homer S. Thrall. Nearby oil discoveries and sudden growth caused the town to be incorporated in 1915. The 38.21-inch rainfall of Sept. 8-9, 1921, gave Thrall a world record. Since 1961, Texas A&M University Agricultural Research Center has operated here. Farming remains the basic local industry.
Erected 1976 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9364.)
Location. 30° 35.346′ N, 97° 17.901′ W. Marker is in Thrall, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker is on Main St., on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thrall TX 76578, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. John Lutheran Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of New Bern Church, School, and Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away); Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away); Howard Bland, Sr. (approx. 4.7 miles away); Luther Stearns, Sr. (approx. 6.1 miles away); Dr. James Lee Dickey (approx. 6½ miles away); Bill Pickett (was approx. 6.7 miles away but has been reported missing. ); City of Taylor (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thrall.
Also see . . .
1. Texas State Historical Comission - Thrall, TX. (Submitted on May 12, 2011, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
2. Wikipedia - Thrall, Texas. "The 24-hour rainfall total ending 7 AM on September 10, 1921 (38.2 inches) at a U.S. Weather Bureau station in Thrall remains the national official 24-hr rainfall record." (Submitted on May 12, 2011, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 21 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 6, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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