Harwood, on the Southern Pacific Railroad and U.S. Highway 90 one mile north of Interstate Highway 10 in northern Gonzales County, was founded in 1874 during the westward expansion of the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway. The town was named for Thomas Moore Harwood, who moved to Texas in 1850 and began a law practice in Gonzales in 1853. He worked with Thomas W. Peirce in the acquisition of land and the development of the railway.
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