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THE FAIRVIEW CEMETERY CHAPEL: This is no replica it's actually a replacement for a replacement.  It's all explained in historical markers.
                               

POSTSCRIPT: FAIRVIEW 
We weren't even lost when we found a town that doesn't exist anymore.
Story & Photos by IRA KENNEDY

If you think your community has problems at least it's probably still around. 
Fairview, Texas didn't fare so well but the view is holding its own.

s.jpg (2236 bytes)omewhere between Poteet and Floresville we pulled over to read the historical marker thinking it might have something to do with the Fairview Church of Christ just across the street.  Not so.  It told of Fairview, a hard luck community long since gone.  Just when things started looking up, back before the Depression, their luck ran out.  And when that was over things got worse.  And, since worser than worse was insufficient, Fate dealt them another blow.  fairviewCofC2.jpg (21109 bytes)
       According to the marker Fairview was once busy growing.  Replete with homes, churches, doctors' offices, a blacksmith shop, cotton gin, public school, Masonic lodge, and telephone exchange.
       Their economy was dependent on two things, cotton and lawmen.  Seems the boll weevil wiped out the cotton part and the lawmen, all twenty seven of them, must'a wore out their mortal form and headed for The Promised Land. (I reckon they arrived before 4p.m.)
       Fairview's most famous resident was Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (1884-1955), one of the men who hunted down Bonnie and Clyde.    Seems those outlaws did Hamer and Fairview a big favor by turning to a life of crime and assuring Hamer, Fairview and most of Texas a small place in history and legend. I've been saying all along Bonnie and Clyde have done more to assist the bragging rights of  small communities in Texas than all the Alamo heroes put together.
       Just up the road once stood the Fairview Methodist Church made of rock until the 1886 when a tropical storm wiped it out.  Not willing to be put off by the unfortunate turn of events the residents built a woodframe church in its place. (Didn't these folks read "The Tree Little Pigs"?)  You guessed it.  Mother Nature took her best lick and disappeared that church in 1942.  Fact is, the only original structures left in Fairview are gravestones. 
       In 1943, not willing to be put off (or taking a hint) by their history of misfortune the congregation built a third woodframe church. ( If you'll allow me to be truly facetious, I can't understand why they didn't use straw this time.) This structure, shown in a photo at the top of the page, is a replacement not a replica.  Obviously the church is still standing but the congregation, in their infinite wisdom, lit out for Floresville in 1995. (I trust they didn't leave Mother Nature a forwarding address.)
        Vaya con dios...

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PAGE 1: HEADIN' OUT   /   PAGE 2: DEVINE
PAGE 3: BIGFOOT & PEARSALL  PAGE 4: POTEET AND FLORESVILLE
POSTSCRIPT: FAIRVIEW THE MAP

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