Goree, Texas

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Goree is a city in Knox County, Texas, United States. The population was 321 at the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 257.[3]



Goree is located at 33°28′7″N 99°31′26″W / 33.46861°N 99.52389°W / 33.46861; -99.52389 (33.468707, -99.523874)[4]. It is situated at the junction of U.S. Highway 277 and FM 266 in southeastern Knox County, approximately 84 miles north of Abilene.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²), all of it land.


Settlers first arrived in the area around 1886. By 1887, a settlement was centered around a store and post office built by Bill Benedict. Originally known as Riley Springs, the community was renamed Goree after Robert D. Goree, a Confederate veteran and Knox County pioneer. Benedict's store was bought by J.W. McLendon in 1890 and moved it with its post office to a new site that became known as North Goree. A school was built near the relocated store in 1901. In 1904, North Goree was renamed Hefner.[6]

At its president-day location, the first plans for a new community began in 1905 with the announcement that the Wichita Valley Railroad would be built through the area.[7] 1906 was an important year in Goree's history as the railroad arrived, homes and businesses were erected, and the community became an incorporated municipality.[8] The school relocated from the Hefner location to Goree in 1906 as well and was renamed Chigger Hill School.

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