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CRAFTON, TEXAS

Wise County, North Central Texas
FM 2127
2 Miles E of the Jack County Line

Population: 20 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

After the Civil War, returning Texans allowed for the removal of the Comanche Indians who had previously prevented settlement.

In the late 1870s a post office opened. Resident land owner George R. Craft had either donated or sold a part of his holdings in 1883 so that a town could be planned. The community was named Crafton.

Although it was not on the Butterfield Overland Mail route, it was within a mile. In 1890 the community had a population of 200 and most essential businesses.

The town was struck by a tornado in 1909 causing great damage and demolishing the community’s three churches.

The town rebuilt, but without a railroad and with the cotton economy hit by low prices, growth was not to be in Crafton’s future. The writing was on the wall when the post office closed in 1917. The population was less than half of the 1890 figures by the mid 1920s.

The 1950 Census reported a mere 50 residents which has since declined to a mere 20.
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