As with many towns on the prairie, it was founded as a station when the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad was built through Shackelford County in 1882. It was first named Hulltown after Swope Hull, its first merchant, and then was renamed to Hicks in 1891. The town's current name honors John J. Moran, president of the railroad in 1892. Town is a trade center for farmers and ranchers.
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