Pilgrim, Texas

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Pilgrim Presbyterian Church

Pilgrim, Texas is located in Gonzales County, Texas and has a population of approximately sixty.[1] Pilgrim is situated on land granted to Thomas J. Pilgrim by Stephen F. Austin.[2] Pilgrim, TX is located near a salt flat, and was a notable hideout for John Wesley Hardin in the 1870s.[3][4] A map shows Pilgrim is located on Farm to Market Road 1116.[5]

In 1838, Thomas J. Pilgrim received a Republic of Texas land grant in Gonzales County, Texas. A lake[6] and a settlement on this land were called "Pilgrim."[7] In addition, there were three schools that were part of the Pilgrim Creek School District in the 1880s: 1) Burnett School (established in 1875 and named from another family which had come to the area); Salt Creek School (established in 1878, named for the salt flats in the area); and Lake Grove, (a school then only for blacks established in 1883).[8] The Pilgrim Presbyterian Church and the Pilgrim Cemetery were also named for Thomas J. Pilgrim. A Recorded Texas Historic Landmark [9] was placed on the road attesting to the history of Pilgrim.[10]


Coordinates: 29°17′36″N 97°31′19″W / 29.29333°N 97.52194°W / 29.29333; -97.52194