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

Site of Gano Community

Site of Gano Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson
1. Site of Gano Community Marker
Inscription. Settlement in this area began in the 1870s. The Wilder family operated a cotton gin, grist mill, blacksmith shop and general store. Other pioneer residents included the Allcorn, Watson, Casey, Gambrell, Gregory, and Howe families. By the 1890s the community was named Gano in honor of Confederate General R.M. Gano and included a post office, school and church. The town began to decline after the general store closed. The church building was not rebuilt after a storm, and the school was consolidated with Milam County schools in 1919. Few vestiges of the town remain.
Erected 1997 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12700.)
Location. 30° 31.375′ N, 97° 11.27′ W. Marker is near Thorndale, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of FM-486 and CR-441. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thorndale TX 76577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lawrence Chapel Cemetery (was approx. 3.8 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Post Oak Island Lodge #181, A.F. & A.M. (approx. 6.4 miles away); St. John Lutheran Church (approx. 7.9 miles away); Town of Thrall (approx. 8 miles away); Pioneer Publisher and Printer David Ervin Lawhon (approx. 8 miles away); Mager Cemetery (approx. 8.2 miles away); Type Cemetery (approx. 10 miles away).
Also see . . .  Handbook of Texas Online: GANO, TEXAS. (Submitted on December 6, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
Categories. Notable Places
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 755 times since then and 28 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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