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DEW, TEXAS

Freestone County, Central Texas North / East Texas

31 35' 43" N, 96 8' 24" W (31.595278, -96.14)
Junction of Hwy 75 and FM 489
9 miles South of Fairfield the county seat
Population: 71 est. (2000, 2010)

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Dew TX - Lee Black family baling hay old photo
Old photo showing Lee Black homestead and Black family baling hay
"My family members. Standing - Earl Black and Oscar Parish.
Sitting - Lee Black, Angie Beene (Aunt Lydia's daughter), Grace Willbanks Knoff.
The house in the background still stands and is owned by Charles Royce White." - Elizabeth Erwin, July 29, 2018
History in a Pecan Shell

The area was first settled in the 1850s by Alabamans and was first known as Avant or Avant Prairie. In 1870 the Sunshine Methodist Church moved here from Harrison Chapel and the community's name was changed to Sunshine, Texas. The last name came about in 1885 when the town applied for a post office. Like many towns, there was a mix-up caused by either poor penmanship or poor eyesight and the desired name of Drew (after a local person) was officially recognized as Dew.

By the early 1890s, the town had most essential businesses and a respectable population of 150. After WWII the town still had less than 200 people. In the early 1990s, only 71 residents called Dew home.

A cemetery association that had been organized in 1912 is still operating and the town has an annual homecoming.
First Methodist Church, Dew, Texas
The First Methodist Church in Dew
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
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A closed gas station, Dew, Texas
A closed gas station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
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A closed old store in Dew, Texas
A collapsed store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
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Dew TX Freestone County 1903 Postmark  info
Dew TX Freestone County 1903 Postmark
Cover canceled with Dew, TX 1903 postmark
Note return address: Buffalo, Texas. See postal map below
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Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Freestone County TX 1907 psotal map
1907 Freestone County postal map showing Dew,
11 miles N of Buffalo in Leon County,
S of Fairfield
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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