Loire, on Farm Road 536 fifteen miles west of Floresville in extreme western Wilson County, was first settled in the 1890s. A post office operated at the site from 1895 to 1912. The community is said to have been named by J. M. Swindler, the first postmaster, who moved to the area with a group of settlers from the Loire river valley of central France. In 1896 the town reported a population of 200 and also had St. Luke's Catholic Church, a carpenter, a mason, and a school. In the mid-1930s Loire had a school, a church, a store, and a number of houses. After World War II the school was closed, but in the early 1990s a church, a community center, a cemetery, and a few scattered dwellings still remained. In 2000 Loire had a population of fifty.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
Christopher Long, Linda Peterson | © Texas State Historical Association
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