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FILES VALLEY, TEXAS
aka FILES, TEXAS

Hill County, Central Texas North

32.223, -97.077
FM 66
About 14 Miles NE of Hillsboro
near Itasca
Population: 0050 (2000)

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TX - Files Valley Cemetery, Hill County

Files Cemetery in Files Valley
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, November 2017

History in a Pecan Shell

Also known as Files, Texas, the name honored David Files who built the first house in what had been known as Eureka Valley. The renaming occurred in 1879 and with abundant natural springs (albeit somewhat Sulphur-tainted) the budding community seemed to be guaranteed quick growth and lasting prosperity.

A post office was granted in 1880 under the name Files. The post office was closed in the massive closures of 1907. But in the first ten years, Files could boast of several blacksmiths and doctors as well as a school, store, church and cotton gin. The 1890 census counted 50 Filians. Files missed out during the railroad expansion of the 1880s, and then in 1905, residents thought they would finally get their wish. But the town was bypassed.

In 1906 the Southwestern Home and School for Orphans was founded and the facility remained open. In the 1980s it underwent a change of name to the Presbyterian Children's Home.

Files still retained 100 residents through the 1930s and three businesses to sustain them. The population remained at 100 (more or less) when, in the 1970s, it dropped to half that number.

With the decline, people started referring to the town as Files Valley and the population continued to be given as 50 for the 2000 census.
TX - Files  Cemetery sign, Hill County

Files Cemetery sign
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, November 2017

Photographer's Note:
Wanted to share this cemetery that is hidden in Hill County, Itasca TX - Jen Basham

Cemetery Entrance:

5.3 miles E of the intersection of FM 66 and I35W at Itasca, TX.
TX - Files Valley Cemetery tombstone, Hill County

Sarah Files Tombstone
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, November 2017

TX - Files Valley Cemetery tombstone, Hill County

Ambroas Files Tombstone
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, November 2017

TX - Files Valley Cemetery tombstone, Hill County

Photo courtesy Jen Basham, November 2017

TX - Files Valley Cemetery tombstone, Hill County

Photo courtesy Jen Basham, November 2017

TX - Files Valley Cemetery tombstone, Hill County

Photo courtesy Jen Basham, November 2017

TX - Files Valley Cemetery tombstone, Hill County

Photo courtesy Jen Basham, November 2017


Files, TX Hill County 1894 postmark info
Files, TX Hill County 1894 postmark
Cover canceled with Files, TX 1894 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

TX Hill County 1940s Map
1940 Hill County map showing Itasca, TX
(From Texas state map #4335)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Files Valley, Texas Nearby Towns:
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