Tanglewood, Texas is 5 miles northwest of Lexington in northwestern Lee County. The area was first settled in 1856 by the Rev. Hugh Wilson with the founding of the String Prairie Presbyterian Church.
Tanglewood, the town as a whole, moved a mile west in 1894 to be closer to the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway that was recently built. The townspeople used rolling timbers and mules to move many of the original structures.
Tanglewood Kountry Stop
Legend has it that the town of Tanglewood was named after a once popular children's book, Tanglewood Tales, that two sisters were reading. The book contains well-known greek myths rewritten for children.
⬅️ THIS WAY US HWY 77 NORTH
Rockdale, 12; Cameron, 23; Burlington, 39; Rosebud, 43; Lott, 53; Waco, 70; Bellmead, 84; Elm Mott, 87; Hillsboro, 112; Italy, 131; Waxahachie, 144; Dallas, 173; Lewisville, 195; Denton, 208; Gainesville, 230; Thackerville, 240; Texas/Oklahoma Stateline - Red River, 253; Oklahoma City, 405
(There's a city order error on the sign, Thackerville is in Oklahoma, across the state line.)
➡️ THIS WAY US HWY 77 SOUTH
Lexington, 6; Giddings, 24; La Grange, 44; Schulenberg, 60; Halletsville, 77; Victoria 123; Refugio, 167; Woodsboro, 174; Sinton, 192; Robstown, 213; Bishop, 229; Kingsville, 236; Sarita, 257; Raymondville, 308; Harlingen, 330; San Benito, 336; Brownsville, 357; Texas/Mexico State Line - Rio Grande River; Matamoros, 360
(On an older version of this same sign Harlingen was misrepresented as Harlinton!)
Head down the road to Lexington.
Next town south is Lexington, home of the world famous Snow's BBQ. Open on Saturdays only, Snow's sells out around noon. I recommend arriving around dawn with some lawn chairs and a cooler full of beer if you want the entire menu to be available when it's your turn to order.
Tanglewood, Texas was renamed from String Prairie when another town in Texas beat them to opening a post office. The town moved 1 mile west to be closer to railroad tracks that were recently built by the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway in 1894 but that didn't do much to ensure the town's long term success. Much of what's left today are the remains of a town that lost out to other nearby towns in the county and the Tanglewood Christian Camp that encompasses 50 acres and is supported by 44 area churches.
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