in a Pecan Shell
In 1848 French colonists attempted to establish a utopian colony.
It was abandoned by 1849 and very little happened for the next thirty
In 1883 town lots were sold and a store was opened. The Santa Fe Railroad
on its way from Fort Worth
to Purcell, Oklahoma passed by Justin in 1887, drawing people and
businesses away from the smaller towns of Drop,
Elizabeth and Roanoke.
The town applied for a post office in 1887, requesting that it be
named to honor Justin Sherman, chief engineer for the railroad. Justin's
population in 1896 was 100, growing to 476 in 1904. In 1941, when
Texas' population went from a rural majority
to an urban majority, the population was 700.
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My name is Chelsey Cox, and I live in Drop,
Texas. Seeing as Drop is no longer a ‘town’ per se, I did most
of my growing up in Justin. I can remember the always unique cookouts
the firehouse would have and the Justin Fun Days we used to have every
year. The best thing about Justin is that everyone is family and every
one knows everyone else. We can sit down in Mom’s Café and the waitress
already knows what we want to drink, everyone knows the names of our
5-6 police officers who are always glad to help. Justin is a small
family-oriented town, a place like every other place used to be.
Throughout my childhood the whole community would swim at "Drop Slab"
in the summer and today on the last Monday night of every month, everyone
in Drop will cook up their favorite dish
and meet at the old schoolhouse for dinner. Everyone knows everyone
else and are willing enough to help whenever possible. I love living
in Drop because it's small, there are
no strangers, and the traditions of over 100 yrs are still practiced
today. - Chelsey Cox, Drop, Texas, August 17, 2007
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