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ACOL, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Angelina, Polk and Tyler Counties
East Texas
There are no directions for Acol since the "town" never stayed put long enough to be added to a map. The name is an acronym for the Angelina County Lumber Company and the "town" was a movable railroad post office for the company's logging crews. As the timber was cut across East Texas in the 1930s and 40s, the crews (and the post office) simply moved to the next site - crossing county lines as if they didn't matter (which they didn't).

Genealogists finding a postmark from Acol on family correspondence, may be perplexed when they cannot find Acol, Texas on any map.

The John Germann Collection of Discontinued Texas Post Offices contains two covers of this unique "place."
See The Front Camps by Bob Bowman

With names like Lindsey Springs, Fastrill and Alceda, they played a supporting role in the development of Texas' forest products industry between 1890 and 1940.

Today, they're little more than trails or clearings in the forest. They were logging camps - the short lived and sometimes mobile communities which supported the earliest East Texas sawmills.

Frequently called "front camps" because they were located at the edge of a forest, the settlements usually lasted only as long as the timber they cut. When a tract was exhausted, the camps -- housing, stores, equipment, people -- were loaded onto railroad cars or trucks and moved to another location....

Acol, a logging camp owned by Angelina County Lumber Company, was moved on railroad cars so it could be moved from forest to forest. The town later became famous in forest history for its "wandering post office." ...

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Acol TX
Acol TX  1936 postmark
Cover cancelled with ACOL 1936 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Acol TX
Acol  TX   1942 postmark
Cover cancelled with ACOL 1942 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
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