Uncovered Texas

Texas Ghost Towns


BALCH, TEXAS . Balch was a mile southwest of the Lubbock county line on U.S. Highway 62/82 and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in southeast Hockley County. The settlement was named for A. P. Balch, a director of the railroad from 1868 to 1871. It served area farmers as a shipping station. ....

Ghosttown - Balch.


BALDWIN, TEXAS (Harrison County). Baldwin is on the Louisiana and Arkansas Railway fourteen miles northeast of Marshall in northeastern Harrison County. The settlement was named for the J. B. Baldwin family of Marshall and had a post office from 1902 to 1915. In 1914 Baldwin had an estimated populat....

Ghosttown - Baldwin.


BAMMEL, TEXAS . Bammel, eighteen miles north of downtown Houston at the intersection of Farm Road 1960 and Kuykendahl Road in north central Harris County, was established after the neighboring towns of Klein, Westfield, and Spring. It was named for Charles Bammel, a German Houstonian who built the B....

Ghosttown - Bammel.


BANKERSMITH, TEXAS . Bankersmith, located ten miles southeast of Fredericksburg in extreme southern Gillespie County,?was established by Rudolf Habenicht in 1913, when the San Antonio, Fredericksburg and Northern Railroad laid its track between Fredericksburg and Comfort. The?train stop?was named fo....

Ghosttown - Bankersmith.


BARNESVILLE, TEXAS . Barnesville was twelve miles east of Cleburne in eastern Johnson County. The site was settled in 1853 by Moses, Ben, and Andrew Barnes and Jaud and John Dee, and it grew through the 1880s. Moses Barnes built a cotton gin there in 1868; by 1873 a local post office opened. Three y....

Ghosttown - Barnesville.


BARTONSITE, TEXAS . Bartonsite, a ghost town in southwestern Hale County, was platted in 1907 on the expectation of a Santa Fe line from Plainview to Lubbock. The Barton Ranch community reached a population of 250 by 1909, but the rails were not laid through the area. Most buildings were moved to Ab....

Ghosttown - Bartonsite .


BATSON, TEXAS . Batson is on State Highway 105 and Farm Road 770 in southwestern Hardin County. It had a post office from 1891 to 1898 called Otto, for settler R. Otto Middlebrook. The community was settled before 1840 by the Batson brothers and others, who lived in mud houses. They later built a ch....

Ghosttown - Batson.


BAXTER, TEXAS . Baxter is on Farm Road 804 and U.S. Highway 175 five miles southeast of Athens in south central Henderson County. The site, like much of Henderson County, was settled during the 1850s. Baxter became a station for the Texas and New Orleans Railroad in 1900, and a Baxter post office op....

Ghosttown - Baxter.

Bear Creek Settlement

Started in 1850s by rancher Raleigh Gentry, who built a 2-room log house and cleared a small farm, but in 1862 sold out to cattlemen Rance Moore. 1860s settlers included Wm. and Lane Gibson, Charlie Jones, John New, A. J. Nixon, Billie Waites. Others came in 1870s after raids by Indians and outlaws ....

Ghosttown - Bear Creek Settlement.


BEATTIE, TEXAS . Beattie, on Farm Road 588 in north central Comanche County, was named for pioneer Charles F. Beatty, who settled there in 1892. The community had a grocery store, cotton gin, drugstore, barbershop, and telephone exchange in the early 1900s. A Beattie post office operated from 1902 t....

Ghosttown - Beattie.

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