in a Pecan Shell
Acton is the oldest known settlement in Hood
County and it was settled when it was still part of Johnson
In 1855 a church building was built and four denominations used it
one Sunday per month.
In 1856 the settlement was granted a post office under the name Camanche
The first physician, Dr. J. C. Cornelius arrived in 1855 and was soon
followed by Dr. S. R. McPherson in 1858.
The Acton Masonic Hall drew additional families to town when it was
completed in 1868.
Around 1861 the name Acton was chosen to replace Camanche Peak.
It has been said that the name Acton was derived from Oak Town.
The Acton post office was active from 1861-1906.
By 1887 the population was estimated at 200, but the 20th Century
showed a decline to a low of 75 during the 1950s. The construction
of the De Cordova Bend Dam increased the population. Acton is surrounded
by three neighboring highly populated communities.
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