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MARYSVILLE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Cooke County, North Central Texas

15 Miles NW of Gainesville
Population: 15 (2000)

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Marysville Tx - Baptist Church
Marysville Baptist Church
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History in a Pecan Shell

Mary (Fitch) Corn and her husband Richard arrived here after the Civil War. A post office opened in 1873 and stayed open until its closing in the 1940s.

It may have been named after Marysville, California, the hometown of Mary’s brother, but it’s likely that Mary Corn is the namesake.

Richard Corn was eager for his town to grow and so for each person who bought a lot for a residence, Corn threw in a commercial lot downtown. The 1900 census for Marysville showed a respectable 250 residents served by every essential business.

From the 1920s through 1942 the population was reported at 160. The opening of a military base near a community was sometimes a benefit and sometimes a destroying factor. Sadly for Marysville, the construction of Camp Howze during the war took much of the land (reportedly three quarters) Marysville was looking to grow into.

The loss of the small farms around Marysville sealed its fate. The population was down to a mere 70 in the late 1980s and all of the businesses had gone under or had moved.

Daniel Montague, the namesake of neighboring Montague County is buried in Marysville’s cemetery. The 2000 census reported a mere 15 residents – making Marysville a virtual ghost town.
Marysville Tx - Cemetery
Marysville Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015
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Marysville Tx - Community Bldg
Marysville Community Building
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Marysville Tx - Old Store
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Marysville Tx - Old Store
Old Stores
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Marysville TX Cooke Co 1933 Postmark
Marysville TX Cooke Co 1933 Postmark
Cover cancelled with 1933 Marysville postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Cooke County Texas 1920s map
1920s Cooke County map showing Marysville
(Above "CO" in "COOKE")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Marysville, Texas
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