Sunday, March 31, 2019

Rising Star, Texas

Nice name for a town, Rising Star. You have to wonder whether the name was from the mind of a poetically-inclined cowboy, or maybe a librarian.

Well, turns out the naming of the town depends on who you want to believe.

“No mail routes existed initially in this newly settled frontier, but by about 1880, the community became a stop on a mail route between Cisco and Brownwood. Prior to the establishment of this mail route, the families received mail from Sipe Springs. In 1881, the town sent a petition to the U.S. government asking for a new post office in the area. The community leaders were required to suggest a name for the post office and decided upon the name Star, which was then sent for approval to the Postal Service. The Postal Service sent word back that a post office under the name Star was already located in Texas (in Mills County). The citizens called a meeting to select another name, and after many long hours of deliberation, Little Andy Agnew proposed, ‘Since we are a rising young community, why don't we just call ourselves Rising Star.’ The name was agreed to and accepted by the Postal Service.

Or maybe: “The settlement was originally called Copperas Creek but had a name change when D. D. McConnell of Eastland suggested the new name.

Little Andy Agnew or D.D. McConnell. Take your choice.

However Rising Star got its name, the town is in Eastland County, not far north of the middle of Texas. Rising Star’s largest population was 1,289, in 1950. The 2010 population was 835. Of that number, about 94% were white. “Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 6.23% of the population.”

The Federal Government is kind of wacky in its racial-counting assignments. White, African-American, Asian, Native American. But “Hispanics or Latinos” can be counted in any other race.

In 2000, 19.4% of families and 24.4% of the overall population lived beneath the official Federal poverty level.

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