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CHESTERVILLE, TEXAS

Colorado County, Central Texas South
FM 1093
On the Wharton-Colorado County Line
8 Miles E of Eagle Lake towards Wallis
SE of Columbus

Population: Unknown

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Browns Dairy between Eagle Lake and Chesterville Texas 1922 photo
Browns Dairy between Eagle Lake and Chesterville, 1922
Photo courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library #01635
History in a Pecan Shell

The town was the 1894 brainchild of Chicago land developer John Linderholm. Linderholm purchased 60,000 acres under the name Southern Texas Colonization Company. The surveyor of the proposed townsite was one William P. Chester - the town's namesake. Thanks to its railroad connection and a good first impression, the plan was successful. Many new residents transmigrated from the Midwest and by 1895 there were enough citizens to warrant a post office.

Chesterville had a population estimated at 150-200 and a school, several churches and an estimated twenty businesses at its peak. At the turn of the 20th Century rice farming was new but expanding rapidly. The acreage around Chesterville was bought up by large companies for rice production and cattle raising and the population dwindled to a mere seventy-five by 1914. By the time the Great Depression arrived, Chesterville was down to only twenty-five people. The post office managed to remain open through 1950.

Last recorded population figures remained at 25 in the mid 1960s. Today the land is owned or leased to rice farmers.
Chesterfield Texas grain elevators
Chesterville sign and grain elevator

TE Photo, February 2006
Big turtle in Texas
A denizen of Chesterville

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Migrating geese in Texas heading north
Migrating geese heading north in February

TE Photo, 2006
Colorado County Texas 1940s map
1940s Colorado County map showing Chesterville just east of Eagle Lake. Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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