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    HALSTED, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Fayette County, Central Texas S
    County Road 124 (Halsted Road)
    Turns off of Highway 71
    5 Miles E of La Grange

    Population: 00026 (2000)

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    John Wessels' Store and Dance Hall, photo circa 1915
    Wessels Family Collection
    Submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, Fayette County Historical Commission

    History on a Pinhead

    Settlement in the 1840s included Robert E. B., John, and George W. Baylor. Founded alongside the tracks of the Taylor, Bastrop and Houston Railway in 1887, the community had the basics (store, gin, lumberyard and saloon) by the mid 1890s.

    It acquired a post office in 1900 and seemed destined for growth. Halsted had the geographic misfortune of being between other growing towns and close to the county seat (La Grange
    ). The businesses closed although the post office held on for several decades before closing sometime in the 1930s.

    The 1990 census reported nearly 50 residents in the vicinity which declined to just 26 for 2000.

    John Wessels' Store, photo circa 1915
    Wessels Family Collection
    Submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, Fayette County Historical Commission

    John Wessels' Store, photo circa 1915
    Wessels Family Collection
    Submitted by Carolyn Heinsohn, Fayette County Historical Commission

    Halsted TX Old Gas Station by RR Track

    Old Gas Station by the RR Track
    TE Photo, January 2010
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    Halsted TX Old Shed
    TE Photo, January 2010
    Fayette County Texas 1920s map
    1920s Fayette County map showing Halsted
    (E of La Grange)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Fayette County Texas 1907 Postal map
    1907 Fayette County postal map showing Halsted
    (E of La Grange)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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