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DAWSON, TEXAS

Navarro County, North Central Texas
Hwy 31 & FM 709
21 Miles SW of Corsicana
30 miles SE of Hillsboro
50 Miles S of Dallas
Population: 852 (2000)

Dawson, Texas Area Hotels:
Corsicana Hotels | Dallas Hotels

Dawson Tx  1881-1981  Centennial mural
Dawson Centennial Mural
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

Former Alabaman Britton Dawson, veteran of San Jacinto and rancher is the town’s namesake. Dawson lived here from 1847 until his death in 1903. The town started its growth with arrival of the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad. The line was a narrow-gauge affair, connecting Corsicana with Waco.

A post office opened the following year and the town started collecting the necessary businesses for growth and permanence. In 1887 the Dawson Masonic Institute built a two-story lodge and school.

During its most prosperous years (the 1920s), Dawson had two banks, four cotton gins and a cotton-seed oil plant. From a respectable population of 500 in 1887, Dawson grew to 950 by 1914. It reached its zenith in 1928 with 1,500 residents. In 1990 the population was 766, increasing to 852 with the 2000 census.

See Battle Creek Fight

Dawson Texas Landmarks:

Dawson Tx Battle Creek Memorial
Battle Creek Memorial
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
See Battle Creek Fight
Dawson Tx Bapist Church
Dawson Bapist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Dawson Tx Methodist Church
Dawson Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Dawson Texas closed church

A closed church in Dawson
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007

Dawson Texas closed gas station
A closed gas station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Odd Fellows Building in Dawson Texas
Odd Fellows Building in Dawson
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Odd Fellows logo in Dawson Texas
Odd Fellows logo
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Ghost signs in Dawson Texas
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Dawson Ghost Signs
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