Manor

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Manor is an incorporated community on U.S. Highway 290 twelve miles northeast of Austin in northeastern Travis County. A post office called Grassdale opened there in 1859 with James Manor as postmaster, but it was discontinued in 1860. A post office called Gregg was established in 1871 but changed its name to Manor the next year in honor of James Manor. The Houston and Texas Central Railway was built through the town in 1871, giving residents easy access to markets. By the mid-1880s Manor had a district school, three churches, six general stores, and a population of 125. Cotton, cottonseed, and grain were the principal commodities shipped from the area. The community grew rapidly in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with population estimates reaching 500 by 1892 and 900 by 1914. In the late 1920s Manor had 1,000 residents, but the onset of the Great Depression led to a decline. When the community was incorporated in the early 1930s, it reported only 654 residents. In spite of the general economic decline, however, Manor continued to serve as a commercial center for area farmers, many of whom used the railroad to ship livestock and dairy products. The population of Manor rose to 688 by the 1940s, to 813 by the 1950s, and to 940 by the 1970s. In 1988 Manor had 1,233 residents and sixty-two businesses. In 1990 its population was reported as 1,041. The population increased to 1,204 by 2000.

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

Adopted by: Robert Battaile
Adoption Message: In honor of James B. Manor - the Founder that came west with Sam Houston in 1832. He laid out the town in 1850 including giving the Houston and Texas Central Railway the right of way. He was buried in 1881 at the cemetery he gave the city. His homestead has been re-discovered. It was the Stagecoach stop between Houston and Austin. Unfortunately, development is threatening the historic Main Street, the Cemetery and his Homestead. Historic Landmark buildings are being torn down. It's very sad.
Until: May 15th, 2025

Belongs to

Manor is part of or belongs to the following places:

Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Manor is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Grassdale)
  • (Gregg)
  • (Wheeler's Store)

Location

Latitude: 30.33991370
Longitude: -97.55717000

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

Population Count, 2021 View more »

18,285