North Uvalde was a shipping point on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway; it was two miles west of the Two Mile Waterhole and two miles north of Uvalde in south central Uvalde County. Although the names North Uvalde and Sansom were used synonymously on deeds of trust as early as 1905, the community was generally referred to as Sansom in its early history. It was named for former Texas Ranger and Civil War veteran Capt. John W. Sansom and granted a post office in 1891. By 1892 the settlement had a population of 200 and a cotton gin, a saloon, the Sansom and Martin general merchandise store, which also served as the community bank, and a post office run by C. E. Townsend. Merchandise available at the general store included cedar fence posts, pecans, skins, and furs.
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