TexasEscapes.com 
HOME : : NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : TEXAS HOTELS : : FEATURES : : COLUMNS : : BUILDINGS : : IMAGES : : ARCHIVE : : SITE MAP
PEOPLE : : PLACES : : THINGS : : HOTELS : : VACATION PACKAGES
Texas Escapes
Online Magazine
Texas Towns by Region
  • Texas Hill Country
  • Central Texas North
  • Central Texas South
  • South Texas
  • East Texas
  • West Texas
  • Texas Panhandle
  • Texas Gulf Coast
    Texas Towns A - Z
    Over 2900 Towns

    Texas Ghost Towns
    Over 800 Ghost Towns

    Book Hotels
  • Fort Worth Hotels
    Find Hotel Deals in
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Book Here

    CRESSON, TEXAS

    Johnson / Hood Counties, North Central Texas
    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: 208 (2000)

    Cresson, Texas Area Hotels > Fort Worth Hotels

    TX - 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.
    TX - Cresson Cemetery
    Cresson Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
    More Texas Cemeteries
    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
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
    More Texas Churches
    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
    More Texas Signs

    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
    Johnson County TX 1907 Postal Map
    1907 Johnson County map showing Cresson
    (Above "J" in "JOHNSON")

    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

    Cresson, Texas
    Area Towns:

    Fort Worth
    Cleburne
    Granbury
    Book Hotel Here:
    Fort Worth Hotels

    More Texas Towns & Hotels:
    Central Texas North
    Texas Towns
    Texas Ghost Towns
    Texas
    Hotels
    Custom Search
    Fort Worth Hotels
    Find Hotel Deals in Fort Worth, Texas
    Book Here


    Granbury Hotels
    Find Hotel Deals in Granbury, Texas
    Book Here
    TEXAS ESCAPES CONTENTS
    HOME | TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE | HOTELS | SEARCH SITE
    TEXAS TOWN LIST | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS | TEXAS COUNTIES

    Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South | West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
    TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | FORTS | MAPS

    Texas Attractions
    TEXAS FEATURES
    People | Ghosts | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII | History | Texas Centennial | Black History | Art | Music | Animals | Books | Food
    COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

    TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
    Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters | Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators | Lodges | Museums | Rooms with a Past | Gargoyles | Cornerstones | Pitted Dates | Stores | Banks | Drive-by Architecture | Signs | Ghost Signs | Old Neon | Murals | Then & Now
    Vintage Photos

    TRAVEL RESERVATIONS | USA | MEXICO

    Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
    Website Content Copyright ©1998-2013. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. All Rights Reserved