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TOADSUCK, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Grayson County, North Central Texas

Now part of Collinsville

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History in a Pecan Shell

The area's original settlement dates to the 1850s. After the Civil War a townsite was surveyed a half mile SE of present-day Collinsville. With no local heros around and hardly any geographic features, they looked around for a name and saw the Toadsuck Saloon. This apocryphal story is as good as any other. The name had already been in use as a town name in Arkansas - a place where the residents might have indeed resorted to such amusements.

It was supposed to be a reference of drinking until one swells up toad-like. Obviously, this was good for the saloon-keeper, but an unfortunate condition for his patrons to suffer. In 1869 William (Alfalfa Bill) Henry David Murray, later a popular Governor of Oklahoma was born in Toadsuck - a fact that might've cost him election if it hadn't been kept under wraps.

When the T & P ran their rails away from Toadsuck, the town of Collinsville sprang up from businesses drawn to the depot. Collinsville incorporated in the 1890s and Toadsuck became hardly more than an amusing place name.
Grayson County TX 1920s Map
Grayson County 1920s map showing Collinsville (near Cooke County line)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Toadsuck, Texas
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