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COLONY, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Fayette County, Central Texas S

State Hwy 95 & Brown Road (Site of Colony Cemetery)
Population: Unknown

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TX - Colony School Class 1902
Colony School, Class of 1902
Courtesy Fayette Co Hist Comm; submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, FCHC member
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History in a Pecan Shell
(Provided by Carolyn Heinsohn and the Fayette County Historical Commission.)

John A. Young is credited to being the community’s first settler. In 1873 Young built the first (mule-powered) cotton gin, just east of Colony. The gin was later moved and converted to steam power.

Other settlers arrived from Mississippi and in 1876 a Methodist Church was built near the community cemetery. It doubled as a school.

In 1880 a Baptist Church was established and later a Carmolite Church. John and Margaret Young donated the land to all three churches.

In 1884 when the population was around 200 residents, a post office was granted for mail delivery three days a week. In 1906 the post office was discontinued and thereafter it was delivered by rural carriers.

Colony peaked in the late 1800s, when it had a population of 1600. In 1902, the community had three churches, a store, a blacksmith shop and broom factory.

In 1914, a storm blew the Methodist Church off of its blocks, so the school was then relocated to the Carmolite Church across the road.

Today, only the cemetery and the Methodist Chapel remain. Annual homecomings are still held.
TX Colony Methodist Church
Colony Methodist Church, doubled as Colony School
Photo courtesy Carolyn Heinsohn, Sept. 2013
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TX Colony Cemetery

Colony Cemetery
Photo courtesy Carolyn Heinsohn, Sept. 2013

TX Colony Cemetery Angel
Colony Cemetery Angel
Photo courtesy Carolyn Heinsohn, Sept. 2013
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Colony TX 1897 Postmark info
Colony TX 1897 Postmark
Cover cancelled with Colony Texas 1897 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Fayette County Texas 1907 postal map
Colony in 1907 postal map of Fayette County ( SW corner)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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