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TEAGUE, TEXAS

Freestone County, North Central Texas
Highway 84, 179, and FMs 80 and 145
43 miles S of Corsicana
9 miles SW of Fairfield
20 miles NW of Buffalo
14 miles E of Mexia
Population: 4,500 (2000)

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cattle and horse, Teague TX PO mural "Cattle Round-up" detail
Detail of Teague Post Office Mural "Cattle Roundup" by Thomas Stell, Jr, 1940
TE Photo, April 2009
History in a Pecan Shell

First settlers moved into the area prior to the Civil War and later a small community named Brewer sprang up. Things got going in 1906 when the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway arrived. The railroad built a machine shop here and did repairs on their cars here. The town was renamed after Betty Teague, a niece of railroad magnate B. F. Yoakum.

The railroad influence is still felt today with a notable presence of BNSF and the old railroad depot museum - including the nearby Hotel Teague - a vacant ruin with some nice brickwork.

As a shipping center for local cotton farmers, Teague prospered. By 1914 it had population of 3,300 - which rivaled many county seats in Texas at that time. Teague had electric lights, a waterworks, an ice factory, three banks, two gins, a cottonseed oil mill, three newspapers -a daily and two weeklies. Teague, like most of Texas, prospered through the 20's - right up until the Great Depression.

Cotton bottomed out and the population melted away. From 140 businesses in 1931, there were only 100 five years later.

With the increased mobility after WWII more people left and more businesses went under. In 1975 the population was still a respectable 2,800. By 1990 the population was back to 1914 figures of over 3,200 and it has inceased further to over 4, 500.
Teague, Texas passenger depot 1900s old photo
The Railroad Depot in the early 1900s
Pphoto courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Teague Tx Restored Depot
The restored depot
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006
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Teague Tx former Teague Hotel
The former Teague Hotel
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Drug store, Davis Building, 4th Avenue, Teague, Texas
City Drug Store & Davis Building on 4th Avenue, early 1900s
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Teague High School, Texas 1920s old post card
Teague High School
Early 1920s photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
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Painted wall mural in Teague Texas
Painted wall mural in Teague
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006
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Teague Tx Grove Island AME Church
Grove Island AME Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006
Teague Tx Closed Presbyterian Church
The closed Presbyterian Church
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Teague water tower, Texas
The water tower in Teague
Photo by Ken Rudine, July, 2005
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Teague Texas Forum

  • Subject: Jack Ellis Scott
    My name is Sam Scott. My father lived in Teague and I assume went to Teague High School. He passed away when I was 11. I never had the opportunity to talk to my father about his childhood and growing up in Teague. He always worked out of town and we lived in Jonesville, Virginia. I have tried, through the school to get information about high school annuals but because he probably attended school in the 1920s It's hard to find those years. If you have any information about a place where I could get or look at an annual I would really appreciate an e-mail from you. If It helps My grandfather was Samuel J Scott, my grandmother was Mary Ethel Scott. I was told as a child that my grandfather was the road commissioner for the county. Thanks. Sam Scott, June 19, 2006, E-mail: ps49@verizon.net

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