Located on FM 38 as you enter the town from the north, the WPA railroad
bridge is one of only three to exist in Texas... more
in a Pecan Shell
A timeline of significant events in Roxton's history:
1837: Originaly named Fort Shelton, Roxton was established
by Jesse Shelton, an early settler who had settled on Cane Creek (three
miles southwest of the present location).
1853: The community was known as Prairie Mount when
the first post office was granted.
1869: The post office is renamed Roxton. The new name
is believed to be a simplification of Rockstown or Rockston; it refers
either to a prominent white limestone outcropping or to a distinctive
rock gate built by a local landowner.
1887: The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway was extended
just west of the original location of Roxton in order to connect with
the Paris and Great Northern Railroad.
The town moved to the railroad and the original townsite became Old
1890: Population reaches 226
1914: Population reaches 1,200 and Roxton gets it's own telephone
1974: Roxton is incorporated
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Photo courtesy Mike
Price, April 2008
regarding the establishment of a fort near Roxton, Texas, is incorrect.
It was established by Jesse Shelton, who was the father of Eli Shelton
-- not Eli Shelton as stated. Jesse Shelton was my great, great, great
grandfather. His son Eli was just a child when Fort Shelton was established.
Thank you. - Lou Carolyn Rutherford, August 17, 2004