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TOWASH, TEXAS

Hill County Submerged Ghost Town

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Hill County, Central Texas North

18 Miles W of Hillsboro the county seat
Under Lake Whitney

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Hill County, Whiteney TX, Towash Cemetery gate
Towash Cemetery
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, September 2018
History in a Pecan Shell

Settled by Ioni Indians who migrated here in 1835 from Louisiana, the name is said to come from the tribe's leader. As Anglo settlement approached, the Indians started moving north but still on the Brazos River. By 1850, the Indians were totally gone, leaving only the name - which the settlers kept.

In 1854, the Dyer Brothers sought permission from the state to construct a dam on the Brazos (for a gristmill). The water-powered facility later served to process wool to make blankets and clothing.

Tragedy occurred in 1863 when a flood destroyed the dam but by 1866, it had been rebuilt. That same year a post office opened, although it closed in 1881. Towash decided it needed a post office in the late 1890s but this new one only lasted two years.

At it's peak, Towash had a ferry across the Brazos as well as a blacksmith and general stores, but Whitney was bigger and drew people and businesses into its orbit. Flooding occurred again in 1908, removing the dam and the cotton gin and grist mill as well.

The plan to create Lake Whitney in the early 1950s included the inundation of Towash. It's one of several Hill County communities under the lake.

Towash Cemetery

From Whitney:
FM 933 South, then left on CR 2124 to the cemetery
Hill County, Whiteney TX, Towash Cemetery plaque
"In Memory of All Armed Services Buried Herein"
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, September 2018
Hill County, Whiteney TX, Towash Cemetery . Cornelius Thomas tombstone
Cornelius Thomas tombstone
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, September 2018
Hill County, Whiteney TX, Towash Cemetery tombstones
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, September 2018
Hill County, Whiteney TX, Towash Cemetery tombstones
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, September 2018
Hill County, Whiteney TX, Towash Cemetery tombstones
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, September 2018
Hill County, Whiteney TX, Towash Cemetery Thomas  family plot
Thomas Plot
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, September 2018
Hill County, Whiteney TX, Towash Cemetery Adams tombstone
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, September 2018
Hill County, Whiteney TX, Towash Cemetery gate
Towash Cemetery gate
Photo courtesy Jen Basham, September 2018
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Texas Postmark - Towash TX Hill County post office & town info
Texas Postmark - Towash TX Hill County 1874 Postmark
Cover canceled with Towash, TX 1874 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

Towash, Texas Area Towns:
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