Pleasant Hill be the most popular name for towns in East Texas?
With nine communities named Pleasant Hill in the more than 40 counties
that constitute East Texas, it certainly qualifies--and that doesn't
None of today's Pleasant Hills are large towns. Most, in fact, are
of the most interesting Pleasant Hills was a rural community nine
miles south of Gilmer in
Upshur County. The community took its name from a small rise of land
before the Civil War and is said to have been one of the earliest
Anglo settlements in the county.
John Holloway founded a church around 1865. The town grew rapidly
after the Civil War and soon had a church, a store, a cotton gin,
a grist mill and a blacksmith shop. When the St. Louis Southwestern
Railroad was built in the l890s, it bypassed Pleasant Hill and most
of its residents moved to nearby Pritchett.
Hopkins County, another well-known Pleasant Hill was settled in the
l840s six miles south of Sulphur
Springs in Hopkins County. The town also derived its name from
a small rise.
A Methodist church was founded in 1854 and a new two-story building
was built in the 1880s with the lower floor used for church services
and the upper level was used by the Grange and other societies.
A school also operated in the community and when it was consolidated
Springs, the town declined and today it is only a dispersed community.
Nacogdoches County, Pleasant Hill was also known as The Bogg,
a name taken from a small pond. The rural community stood twelve miles
north of Nacogdoches
and in the early l900s had schools for black and white children.
When the Caro Northern Railroad was built in the area, the community
began to grow with the two schools and two churches. About 100 families
still live in the dispersed community.
County's Pleasant Hill, also known as Antrim, was a rural settlement
ten miles northwest of Grapeland.
The community grew up around Antrim school organized in 1864 as one
of the county's earliest schools.
Like its namesake in Upshur County, this Pleasant Hill began to decline
when its people moved to Grapeland
to be near the International-Great Northern Railroad. Today, it's
a ghost town.
County's Pleasant Hill was a church community south of Tyler
in Smith County. The town had a school with 112 students in 1903,
but the school was consolidated with Whitehouse. In the 1970s, the
community had a church, four businesses and a cluster of homes. Today,
little of the town remains.
County's Pleasant Hill was settled during the Civil War about 24 miles
northwest of Rusk.
It had a church and a school, but today only a cemetery and a few
buildings are left.
Van Zandt County, Pleasant Hill stood a mile east of Edom. A Baptist
church was founded in the late l800s. Today, the community lies in
the shadows of Edom.
1897, Lamar County's Pleasant Hill was founded with a school 12 miles
west of Paris. The town declined
after World War II and only a church and a few homes reman.
ninth Pleasant Hill in East Texas is eight miles northwest of San
Augustine. In 1900, the town had a black school and by 1904 it
added a white school. Today, the community's only landmarks are cemetery
and a church.
If I have overlooked other Pleasant Hills, let me know.
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