Moore is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 81 and Farm Road 462 on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, thirteen miles northeast of Pearsall in north central Frio County. It is probably named for pioneer R. W. "Mustang" Moore, who, after an Indian raid in 1861, was found mortally wounded on the front porch of his cabin on Moore Hollow Creek, immediately west of the site of the present town. Tradition has it, however, that the community is named after an episode in which a weary, well-dressed train traveler arrived at the local depot and exclaimed that he could take "no more" of Texas, then went to a nearby ginyard and hanged himself. August Obets and his wife Louisa (Rihn) of Castroville moved to Frio County in 1870, chose a site at Moore Hollow Creek in 1874, built a grass-covered log house there, and became Moore Hollow's first permanent settlers. The couple constructed the community's first frame house in 1876. Children in the growing community attended school in Tehuacana until J. B. Harkness built a school in Moore Hollow in 1881; twenty-three students attended school that year. In August 1881 Mary Rihn sold fifty acres to R. S. Hayes as a townsite for Moore Hollow. Hayes granted right-of-way to the International-Great Northern Railroad on February 11, 1882, and sold the remainder of the property to the New York and Texas Land Company, land operators of the I-GN. The name of the community was changed to Moore Hollow Station when the site became a station on the railroad. The post office opened in 1882 with L. E. Nelson as the first postmaster; the same year C. J. W. Edwards opened a general store and John McMahon started a Masonic lodge. By 1884 Moore's Station had become a shipping point for wool; that year the settlement had an estimated population of fifty, a hotel, a saloon, and two general stores. Facilities of the Moore Baptist Church, organized in 1888, were utilized by circuit riders during brush-arbor meetings held at nearby Bailey Lake. In the 1889–90 school year ninety pupils attended Moore's Station Community School No. 9. By 1890 Moore's Station had an estimated population of 100. The name of the community was changed to Moore Station in 1892 and finally to Moore in 1897.

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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Pop. Year Source
478 2019 Texas Demographic Center
475 2010 Texas Demographic Center
644 2000 Texas Demographic Center