Welcome to Pontotoc, Texas
Another Almost County In Texas Story.
Pontotoc, Texas is located in Mason County on State Highway 71. Pontotoc was named for the town's first shop owner's hometown of Pontotoc, Mississippi in 1878. The town established a post office in 1880, and in 1882 the San Fernando Academy opened with a capacity of 200 students.
In 1890, Pontotoc, Texas nearly became the county seat of a new county, set to be called Mineral County, including parts of Llano, Mason, McCulloch, and San Saba Counties. Unfortunately, the San Fernando Academy closed that same year, and Pontotoc's best days started to be in the rear-view mirror. A fire that began in a theater burned most of the buildings Downtown in 1947, leaving a lasting scar on the town's commerce, and traces of some of those buildings remain visible today.
Sights Around Pontotoc, Texas
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Land Of Hanging Grapes
Pontotoc is a Chickasaw word that means "land of hanging grapes."
This photograph shows part of an old abandoned gas station on the highway that skirts the edge of Pontotoc, Texas.
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In 1890, Pontotoc, Texas almost became the county seat of a new county, set to be called Mineral County, including parts of Llano, Mason, McCulloch, and San Saba Counties. However, residents of Mason County felt that this new county would negatively impact theirs, so they petitioned against the new county's creation, and ultimately, the movement failed.
If you're ever in the area visiting Brady or Mason, make it a point to stop off in Pontotoc and take in the history.
Do you ever pull over to take photos when you're driving?
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Thirty miles from water, this boat has stood guard over the ruins of the house across the street for at least a decade in Pontotoc, Texas.
Do you like being on boats?
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Everything Including The Kitchen Sink
The other half of this building in Pontotoc, Texas, was featured in "Land Of Hanging Grapes," and this photo shows that the building is an old service station.
Every time I've driven by and taken a photo, there's been a different eclectic mix of decorations out front. The kitchen sink out front makes this my favorite.
Have you heard the expression, "everything but the kitchen sink?" If so, what's it mean to you?