in a Pecan Shell
Mesquite began life when the Texas and Pacific Railroad came
through in 1873 and established William Bradfield as the town's railroad
agent (and semi-official first settler). A post office was established
the following year. The name comes from Mesquite Creek - a
local stream. Mesquite drew off residents from the hamlets of New
Hope, Long Creek, Scyene and Haught's Store, however the population
was still a mere 135 people by 1890.
Jesse James, Cole Younger, and Belle Starr reportedly lived in the
vicinity and Sam Bass is said to have robbed a train with his SWAG
estimated to have been the tidy sum of $30,000.
From only 1,696 people in 1950, the population of Mesquite jumped
to 27,526 in only ten years.
Chamber of Commerce
617 North Ebrite, Mesquite, TX75149
PO Box 850115, Mesquite, Texas 75185-0115
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact