Half Moon

Half Moon (HM1AP2)

Location: Shiner, TX 77984 Lavaca County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 26.112', W 97° 11.902'

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The community of Half Moon was first mentioned in a 1689 account from Gov. Alonso De Leon's expedition when the group encountered a Native American tribe that called Half Moon their home. The area was known as Half Moon due to the peculiar shape of the timber in the area. This location on Rocky Creek was a natural gathering place for Native Americans and travelers. Since the 1830s, settlers have flocked to the area to engage in trade and farming. One of the early settlers was German immigrant George Herder who participated in the Texas war for Independence and built a home in the area. During the height of the town, from 1885 to 1887, the community consisted of mercantile businesses, a saloon, a post office, and a number of other buildings, including a structure for the Woodmen of the World organization.

In 1887, Henry B. Shiner donated land for a railroad and the building of a town, which later became known as Shiner. For a short while, the area was known as New Half Moon. Once the Aransas Pass Railroad switch was constructed on Shiner's land, transportation bypassed Half Moon and the town's activity and population slowly decreased. Half Moon continued to play a significant role in the economic, political and social life of the people in the area with a number of events such as a rabbit hunt and a 4th of July celebration. The Half Moon community served as a focal point for bringing people together through trade and served as the foundation for the population of Shiner. Half Moon is an example of the influence of small communities that led to the development of larger cities.
175 Years of Texas Independence · 1836-2011
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HM NumberHM1AP2
Year Placed2011
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:21pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 674753 N 3257554
Decimal Degrees29.43520000, -97.19836667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 26.112', W 97° 11.902'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 26' 6.72" N, 97° 11' 54.12" W
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Area Code(s)361
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1055-1099 Farm to Market 533, Shiner TX 77984, US
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