Mertens is located along State Highway 22 in Hill County, Texas. The population was 146 at the 2000 census.
The first settlers arrived at this location in the late 1880s. During this time, the St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas railroad would be built through the area. The town's name originated from the engineer's wife of the first train that traveled though. In 1888, the post office opened and within 4 years, a bank was established with the population just above 75 residents. The International and Great Northern line reached the community during this time, creating a crossroads with the railways. The town became incorporated in 1914 with electric power reaching the city the year after. wikipedia
Mertens Baptist Church. On June 14, 1884, a small group of Baptists, led by W. J. Priddy, D. P. Sanders, and J. C. Osborne, met to organize a Baptist church. Originally known as Richland Baptist Church, the congregation worshiped in the Richland School until 1892, when they moved a few miles northwest to the town of Mertens. Now known as Mertens Baptist Church, the membership has grown and expanded its facilities over the years. Throughout its history the congregation has provided significant service and leadership to the residents of this part of Hill County. Historical Marker Text, 1984. Located at SH 22 at Stroud Street, Mertens.
Mertens History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
Mertens, Texas Post Office Photo from flickr.