Mustang, Texas

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Mustang is a town in Navarro County, Texas, United States. The population was 47 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Mustang is located at 32°00′45″N 96°25′52″W / 32.012629°N 96.431178°W / 32.012629; -96.431178 (32.012629, -96.431178).[3] It is situated at the northeast corner of the junction of Interstate 45 and FM 739 in central Navarro County.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), all of it land.

History

Mustang was incorporated in 1973 for the purpose of selling alcohol in what was then a dry Navarro County.[5] The incorporation effort was led by William "Bill" McKie, a former Corsicana city attorney. On October 30, 1973, the town approved beer sales. In a March 25, 1975 election, residents voted 20-0 in favor of selling hard liquor as well as mixed beverages. Mustang had a population of 12 in the 1980 Census, which grew to 35 in 1990.[4] By the mid-1990s, the town lost its status as the primary alcohol stop in the county as other nearby community began to repeal their Blue laws.[6] The population of Mustang rose to 47 in 2000. Town founder Bill McKie negotiated a deal to sell Mustang to Tommy Sinclair, who leased a club in the community, on June 5, 2005 for $600,000. The transaction wasn't completed, however, and Sinclair filed a lawsuit in October 2005 for the right to buy the property. McKie died on November 11, 2005, and his wife Marsha took over legal proceedings on her late husband's behalf. Since McKie's death, legal wrangling over ownership of the town and financial issues have plagued Mustang. In November 2006, the city of Angus threatened to cut off water service to the community over an unpaid bill that totaled $3,400.[6] Mrs. McKie, acting on the town's behalf, personally paid the bill. The case over ownership went back to court in April 2007. Four months later, Sinclair was given possession of Mustang, but not the deed. He promptly evicted much of the town council as well as the city secretary and fire chief.[5] The evictions went to court in November 2007 and a majority of the council left town, but refused to resign their posts. In February 2008, the two council members living in residence called for an election to be held that coming May. The town's disputed ownership status led to the holding of two separate council elections on May 10, 2008. The first election, endorsed by Tommy Sinclair, elected a mayor and five aldermen. The vote was canvassed on May 17. In the second called election, three aldermen positions were left open. Those results were canvassed on May 14. Eight votes were cast in both elections; six votes in one and two in the other. Both governments claimed legitimacy.[7]

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