Milano, Texas

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Milano is a city in Milam County, Texas, United States, located at the intersection of U.S. Route 79 and State Highway 36, twelve miles southeast of Cameron, the county seat. Its population was 400 at the time of the 2000 census, and, in July 2005, it was estimated at 421.[3]

On November 5, 1960, Country music singer Johnny Horton was killed by a drunk driver on Highway 79 near Milano on his way home from a performance at the Skyline Club in Austin, Texas.

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Geography

Milano is located at 30°42′33″N 96°51′48″W / 30.70917°N 96.86333°W / 30.70917; -96.86333 (30.709190, -96.863420).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²) of it is land and 0.51% is water.[3]

History

The International-Great Northern Railroad Company laid out the original site of Milano in 1874, about a mile and a half west of the city's present site. A United States post office opened there the same year. Soon, a Baptist church was also established in the area. The community around Milano became a voting precinct in 1880.[5]

Local sources offer several possibilities for the origin of the name "Milano." One story suggests that the town was simply named after Milan, Italy, because of similarities in the climate; another says that the name was supposed to have been "Milam," but the United States Post Office Department either got it wrong or changed it intentionally because another Milam, Texas, already existed.[5]

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