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CRESSON, TEXAS

Hood / Johnson Counties, Central Texas North

32° 31' 57" N, 97° 37' 4" W (32.5325, -97.617778)
U.S. Highway 377 and State Highway 171
28 Miles SW of Fort Worth
13 Miles NE of Granbury
20 Miles NW of Cleburne
Population: 786 Est. (2016)
741 (2010) 320 est. (2000)

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TX - Cresson School
Cresson School
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Cresson School Historical Marker

History in a Pecan Shell

John Cresson, the town’s namesake, stopped his wagon train here prior to the Civil War and returned in later years to open a general store. It became a hub on a cluster of stagecoach routes including connections to Waco, Cleburne, Granbury and Stephenville.

As the railroad came through the region, stagecoach lines were made obsolete. The Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railroad connected Cresson with Granbury in 1887, the same year it was granted a post office.

Cresson’s economy was given a substantial boost by its railroad connections to Fort Worth and Granbury. By 1890 Cresson was only able to count 35 people but by 1896 it had increased to an even one hundred people.

Cresson continued to gather most essential businesses and by 1904 the population had reached 279 where it was reported for decades. But it fell into a decline and by 1988, it was back to 200. For both 1990 and 2000, the population has been given as 208.
Photographer's Note:
" Cresson in located mostly near the northeast corner of Hood County. A smaller portion of Cresson is at the northwest corner of Johnson County. It is a busy little town being at the intersection of two major highways, US 377 and TX 171." - Barclay Gibson
TX - Cresson Cemetery
Cresson Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
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TX - Cresson Baptist Church
Cresson Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
TX - Cresson Methodist Church
Cresson Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
TX Cresson Methodist Church bell
Methodist Church Bell
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TX - Cresson School Historical Marker
Cresson School Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
TX - Cresson Road Sign
Entering Godley | Leaving Cresson
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
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Cresson - TX Population 200 VFD Sign
Cresson VFD Sign
Photo courtesy James Fagin, 2002
Hood County TX 1920s map
1920s Hood County map showing Cresson
near Johnson County line
From Texas state map #10749

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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