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BEN HUR
or BENHUR, TEXAS

Limestone County, North Central Texas

FM 339 and FM 2489
8 miles N of Groesbeck
37 miles NW of Buffalo
Population: 100 (2000) (1990)

Ben Hur Texas Area Hotels > Buffalo Hotels
Ben Hur Texas closed store
A closed store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2006
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History in a Pecan Shell

The name of Ben Hur had been Cottonwood, although there were already several Cottonwoods in Texas at that time. The name was changed in 1895 to honor the best-selling book by General Lew Wallace. Since 1895 is the year the post office was granted, the name change was probably the result of a post office rejection. It didn't matter too much since the post office closed in 1906.

A man named Joseph Nussbaum (Nut tree) was selling acreage to farmers in the area shortly after the Civil War. By 1900 the population was a little over 100. The town lost population to Mart (McLennan County), a town with a railroad connection.

The population managed to slowly grow to 200 by 1947 but like many towns after WWII, Ben Hur dropped back to 100.

The school was consolidated with Mart in 1957, dealing another blow to the community.
Ben Hur Texas closed gas station
Closed gas station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2006
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Benhur, TX 1900 Postmark
Benhur, TX 1900 Postmark
Cover cancelled with Benhur, TX 1900 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
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