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 Texas : Towns A-Z / Central Texas S / Ghost Towns : Lena

LENA, TEXAS

Fayette County, South Central Texas
FM 154
4 Miles S of West Point
W of La Grange
Population: Unknown

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TE photo, 2010

History on a Pinhead

A community? Just barely. It was hardly more than a spur on the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad where farmers supplemented their income by providing firewood for Houston and San Antonio markets.

A single store operated on the site from 1919 to the late 1920s but it did business in a tent and no permanent structure was built.

After 1929 bentonite clay was extracted from deposits here and
processed in a plant built for the purpose. The Texas Company provided housing for the plant’s employees. It was estimated that 20 families lived and worked here until the mid 1960s.

Mail came through nearby West Point and the employee’s children attended classes in Muldoon or Rocky Ridge.* The company eventually suspended excavations and the spur was closed. According to the Handbook of Texas, the 80 foot smokestack of the company fell in 1989 – depriving the “town” of a landmark / tombstone.

* The Handbook of Texas has no listing for Rocky Ridge and there are no direction available. There is a sign on FM 154 directing people to the Rocky Ridge “arena.”
Fayette County Texas 1930s map
1930s Fayette County map showing Lena W of La Grange
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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