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FORESTBURG, TEXAS

Montague County, North Central Texas
Where Farm to Market Roads 455, 1655, 922, and 677 come together.
15 Miles SE of Montague
23 Miles E of Bowie
32 Miles NW of Denton
Population: 000050 (2000)

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Forestburg, TX - Ly Kurgis William's Cotton Gin
Ly Kurgis William's Cotton Gin -
Cabinet card photo circa 1905 was taken by J.P. Poyner of Forestburg
Courtesy Will Beauchamp Collection
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History in a Pecan Shell

Settled in the early 1850s by ranchers, the community didnít form until it was safe from Indian raids.

The Horn Hill school (the countyís first) came into being in the late 1850s but a nearby grove of trees convinced locals to change the name to Forest Hill. This name had to be changed when an application for a post office was filed since there was an existing Fortest Hill. Under the modified name of Forestburg, the community was granted a post office in the Centennial year of 1876.

By 1885 the population was a respectable 200 with most essential business present, including sawmills and cotton gins. The population increased to nearly 400 by 1900 but had declined by about half in the 1920s. By the mid 1950s the community was down to 100. It swelled to 200 from the 1970s through the 1990s but the 2000 census reported a mere 50.

Forestburg Texas Street scene
Forestburg Texas street scene
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
Forestburg Texas First State Bank
First State Bank
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
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Forestburg TX Old rusty safe
Photo courtesy Mike Price, May 2009
Future Home of Forestburg First State Bank Museum, Forestburg Texas
"Future Home of Forestburg First State Bank Museum"
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
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Forestburg United Methodist Church, Forestburg Texas
Forestburg United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
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Montague County TX 1907 Postal Map

Montague County 1907 Postal Map showing Forestburg
(Below "UE" in "MONTAGUE")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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