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Pronounced: "LUN-done"Population (2000): 180COL Index (2008):
Elevation: 1,703 ftArea: undefinedCounty: Kimble
Zip Code: 76854Area Code: 325-475Time Zone: CST
Coordinates: 30.68° N, 99.6° W
Location: 18 mi NE of Junction, 32 mi SE of Menard, 25 mi SW of Mason, in NE corner of county.
Highways: US 337, CR 370, RR 1221Creeks: NoneRivers: NoneLakes: None
CHAMBER, TOURISM & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Nothing formal. Most businesses align with Junction.
NEIGHBORING TOWNS: 14 mi S of Hext, 15 mi SW of Streeter, 8 mi N of Yates
PRINCIPAL BUSINESS: Ranching, farming
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS: See full details in Directory below.
- London Dance Hall: Historic Dance Hall. Live music and dances every Sat night. 18 mi N of Junction. www.londaondancehall.com. See full details in our Portal profile for Hill Country Dance Halls.
Some of the very nearby attractions include:
- Ft McKavett State Historical Site: 325-396-2358; An 82 acre park facility 22 mi SW of Menard in Menard County, governed by the State Historical Commission. Open daily to the public, 8a-5p. Established in 1852. General William T. Sherman once called Fort McKavett "the prettiest post in Texas." Web. Included in the Texas Forts Trail: Web
- Junction: Park; Golf; Scenic Drives
- Menard: Golf; Historic Mission & Fort; Ditch Walk & Historic Buildings; Museum; River Adventures
- Oct: Mini-Fair
- Nov: Hunter's Breakfast
On-Going Events: For full details on each event see Hill Country Market Days, Trade Days, Farmers Markets:
WEATHER: Local Weather; Hill Country-wide Weather
- On-line News: Google News; Topix News
- Newspaper: None
- Radio/TV, Videos:
HISTORY: Handbook of Texas Online: "LONDON, TEXAS (Kimble County). London, also known as London Town, is a farming community on U.S. Highway 377 about eighteen miles northeast of Junction in northeastern Kimble County. The town was established in the late 1870s or early 1880s by Len L. Lewis, a horse trader and former officer in the Union Army who moved to the area in 1878. After marrying a local widow, Lewis bought a half-section of land and proceeded with his plans to build a town that he hoped would become a trade center for the region. In 1881 a store was opened on the site by Ed, Tom, and Robert Stevenson (the last the future father of Coke Robert Stevenson), and soon thereafter Lewis laid out a townsite. The plan included forty town lots and a town square, as Lewis hoped that his town would eventually become the county seat for a new county. The site was named London in 1882, when a post office was established at the store; and about this same time a Methodist Church Society was organized there. About thirty people lived in London in 1884. The town was on one of the branches of a cattle trail, and a number of local men were cattle drivers. By 1896 London had about 100 residents and had grown to include a blacksmith shop, a flour mill and cotton gin, a saloon, two hotels, two general stores, and Christian, Methodist, and Baptist churches. In 1914 London had five general stores, and about 175 people lived there. The town continued to grow during the 1920s, and by 1931 it had sixteen businesses and an estimated population of 360. Though its population fell by about half during the Great Depression, it revived during World War II, and by 1943 London had fifteen businesses and a population of about 420. The 1948 county highway map showed thirteen businesses, two churches, a school, and scattered dwellings at the site. London later declined, as farms in the area were consolidated and mechanized. By 1952 the town had eight businesses and about 250 residents; by 1972 it had four businesses and about 110 residents. London revived somewhat during the mid-1970s, and in 1982 it had four businesses and a population of 180. From 1992 through 2000 the population remained at 180."
There is another London, Texas (NW part of Rusk County, where the infamous London School explosion occurred) as well as a New London SE of Dallas.
PRIOR CITY NAMES: London Town
- London Cemetery: S of town on CR 350
OTHER PROFILES: City Data (not available); ePodunk; Texas Escapes; Travel Texas (not available); Wikipedia
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BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION DIRECTORY
LONDON BAPTIST CHURCH: 325-475-2078; 212 Llano St, London, TX 76854
LONDON CHURCH OF CHRIST: 325-475-3202; US 377, London, TX 76854
LONDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: London, TX 76854
(Police, Fire, EMS/Medical)
CRIME STOPPERS-REPORT ANONYMOUSLY: 1-800-222-8477; or click: Stoppers
LONDON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT: 325-475-2090, 17527 US 377 N, London, TX 76854
LOCAL CITY GOVERNMENT: Unincorporated
LOCAL COUNTY GOVERNMENT: See: Kimble County Government Offices
STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: For offices that represent the Hill Country,
see: Texas & Federal Government Offices
US POSTAL SERVICE (USPS): 800-275-8777; www.usps.com
Local post office: 325-475-2254; 17295 US 377 N, London, TX 76854
CRISIS HOTLINES: click Hotlines-Emergencies
DAY & SEASON HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES:
See full list of leases for this town at: Hunting & Fishing.
HIDDEN SPRINGS GUEST HOUSE: 325-475-9471, 866-475-9471; London, TX 76854. 4 mi N of town off US 377
CACTUS JACK GIFTS: 325-475-2425; 19255 US 377 N, London, TX 76854. www.cactusjackgifts.com
COMFORT KEEPERS: 325-475-2224; 2084 RR 385, London, TX 76854. Home health services
DAWN'S VIDEO: 17451 US 377 N, London, TX 76854
EAGLE TERMITE & PEST CONTROL: 325-475-3209; London, TX 76854
GLE RANCH: 325-475-3492; POB 70, London, TX 78054
HOFFMAN SERVICES: 830-928-3531; 3531 RR 479, London, TX 76854
IVY CHAPEL & SCHOOL: See Historical Marker
KNOTTS, DON & ROSE: 325-446-4036; POB 207, London, TX 76854
LLANO RIVER RANCH: 325-475-3401; London, TX 76854
LONDON DANCE HALL: 325-475-2921; US 377, London, TX 76854, 18 mi N of Junction. Historic Dance Hall. Live music and dances every Sat night
LONDON LONGHORN CO: 325-475-9445; London, TX 76854
RED CREEK NATURE RANCH: 325-475-2901; London, TX 76854 (6.7 mi N off US 377 at 6870 KC 372). www.redcreeknatureranch.com
S P SHOP: 325-475-2050; 17384 US 377 N, London, TX 76854. Auto repair
SHORT STOP CONVENIENCE STORE: 325-475-2431; 17483 US 377 N, London, TX 76854
TERESA'S COUNTRY CANDLES: 325-475-2314; POB 144; London, TX 76854. Teresa Leach
WRIGHT RANCH: POB 300, London, TX 76854
WW CATTLE COMPANY: Doyle Weitz/Bob Weitz, POB 40, London, TX 76854
LONDON COMMUNITY BUILDING: US 377 N, London, TX 76854
FFA (FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA): HQ: Austin, TX. www.texasffa.org. Facebook
A dynamic youth organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. An integral part of a systematic, local school-based agricultural science instructional program.
Local Chapter: London FFA
HILL COUNTRY HERITAGE ASSN: 325-265-4238; 24489 US 377 N, London, TX 76854
RIVERSIDE REALTY: 888-928-4161; US 377, London, TX 76854
Public education in the community of London is provided by the Junction Independent School District.
HILL COUNTRY-WIDE UTILITY PROVIDERS:
For Hill Country area utility service providers (electric, gas, water, sewer, trash),
telecom providers (land lines, cellular service, TV, internet), and related services (package delivery, newspaper, etc.), click: Utilities & Telecom
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
Upscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
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