Loraine

Loraine is on U.S. Highway 20/80, Farm Road 644, and the Missouri Pacific line, ten miles east of Colorado City and fifty-eight miles west of Abilene in northeastern Mitchell County. It was originally established in the early 1880s as a cotton and cattle shipping point on the Texas and Pacific Railway but saw little development in its early years. A post office opened there in 1890, and a school in 1893. A hotel, a grocery, and a hardware store reportedly operated at the site before 1905. In that year Parson Crandall bought the townsite land from the railroad and platted the town. Three conflicting stories concerning the town's name exist: the first says that Loraine was named for a railroad official's wife, the second that the community was named for the daughter or wife (possibly Loraine Crandall) of a local landowner, and the third that the town was named for the French region of Lorraine.

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.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Loraine is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    32.40880810
    Longitude
    -100.71266000

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Population Counts

Loraine
Pop. Year Source
570 2019 Texas Demographic Center
602 2010 Texas Demographic Center
656 2000 Texas Demographic Center
731 1990 Texas Demographic Center