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    RAZOR, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Lamar County, North Central Texas
    Just south of the Red River State Line on Razor Rd
    1.75-miles north of FM-197
    About 4 Miles W of Chicota
    About 7.5 Miles W of Arthur City
    About 16 Miles NW of Paris
    Population: 15

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    History in a Tobacco Pouch:

    Settled prior to 1900, storeowner A.K. Hayes requested a post office for his store. It was supposedly named for a popular brand of tobacco. This wasn’t the first time in Texas a whimsical name was submitted and accepted. Haynes became postmaster when the request was granted in 1904.

    In 1914 Razor had a respectable population of 200 but it fell drastically during the Great Depression – reaching a mere 25 residents according to reports.

    The last business closed in the 1960s and somewhere along the line, the post office was closed. The 1990 census reported just 15 residents – as did the census of 2000.

    Photographers Note:
    “The road from FM-197 was a very crooked road going through dense woods. I saw no residences evidences of the town other than the cemetery.” - Gerald Massey

    TX - Razor Cemetery
    Razor Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
    TX - Razor Cemetery
    Razor Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
    1920s Lamar County Map showing Razor
    (Above "LA" in "LAMAR")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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