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JERMYN, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Jack County, North Central Texas
Highway 114 and FM 1191
2.5 miles E of the Young County Line
10 miles NW of Jacksboro
20 mile NE of Graham

Population: 75 (2000)

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Jermyn TX - First Methodist Church Closed
Jermyn First Methodist Church Closed
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Jermyn got off to a late start and has no 19th century history. Born in 1902 and named after J. J. Jermyn, son of a Pennsylvania coal magnate, the town is one of Jack County's last towns to appear. Cattlemen Oliver Loving and W. P. Stewart were the men who donated the townsite.

In 1909 the Gulf, Texas and Western Railroad arrivied and by the 1920s the town had the basic institutions for banking, schooling and commerce and a population just over 200. According to the Handbook of Texas the population mysteriously swelled to 1,066 by 1968 but has since declined to the figure of 75 - the same number that appeared for the 1990 and 2000 census.

Photographer's Visit in 2010

From "Ignoring Warning Signs":
"We came into the small town of Jermyn, and Walter said there was an old church off to the south. I had already seen the church on a previous trip, but I would like to see it again. We saw the old closed and abandoned church, slowly deteriorating. I took several pictures of the outside and noticed one of the panels of the front door missing. He wanted to go in.

The sanctuary looked just like it did when the last service ended. Everything was same except for the accumulating water damage from the leaky roof. The people just left and never came back. The song books were still in the pews; the piano was still behind the pulpit, and the Sunday School materials looked ready to be handed out. It is a sobering thought about what is happening all over the country to small town America." - Barclay Gibson, 2010
Jermyn TX First Methodist Church Marker
Jermyn First Methodist Church Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
Historical Marker Text
First Methodist Church, Jermyn, Texas
Organized November 24, 1909, by the Rev. L. D. Shawver, pastor, in first house built in Jermyn - home of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Jones.

The original trustees were J. D. Gillespie, H. T. Jinks, and W. T. Jones.

This church (first in area) was built 1910 on present site, 1st Avenue and Wise Street.


Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1968.
Jermyn TX - First Methodist Church Interior
First Methodist Church Interior
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2010
Jermyn TX - First Methodist Church Piano
Church Piano
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
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Jermyn Texas volunteer fire department
The volunteer fire department in Jermyn
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005
First Methodist Church Jermyn Texas
The closed First Methodist Church in 2005
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
Jermyn, Texas Forum
  • Subject: Jermyn, Texas Methodist Church
    My name is Ann Rankin Ordonez. I wonder [if any of your readers know] who owns the church property at this time. I had considered trying to buy and restore it. Probably wishful thinking, but worth checking out. I am really tired of the big city. I graduated from Antelope in 1958. I was there and in Jermyn in June of this year with cousins. We all grew up in the area. Their Dad, Eddie Owen ran for sherif of Jack County, I think in 1956 or 57 but lost. He owned an oil-well servicing company in Jacksboro. I wrote you another time about my Mom who wrote the Pops Eatin column for one of the Jacksboro papers. - Ann Rankin, Tomball, Texas, Arankin1940@aol.com , September 20, 2006
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