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ARBALA, TEXAS

Hopkins County, East Texas

FM 1567 and FM 2081
About 11 Miles S of Sulphur Springs
Population: 00041 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

First known as Clifton’s Prairie after the forst settling family, it appeared in the late 1850s.

A cotton gin and mill were constructed in the early 1880s but it wasn’t until 1899 when the community was granted a post office (under the name Arbala). The population was a mere 50 by 1914, although the community had four stores. In 1925 the town reported 100 inhabitants.

The post office was closed in 1933. In the mid-1930s Arbala held on with a single business, but after WWII, it dropped to a population low of 20 residents (1952). It slowly crawled back to 41 for the 1990 census – and the same number was repeated for 2000.
Arbala TX -1933  Postmark info
Arbala TX -1933  last day cover
Last Day Cover of Arbala, TX, Hopkins County, June 30, 1933
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Texas - 1920s Hopkins  County  map
1920s Hopkins County map showing Arbala
S of Sulphur Springs
(Near Rains and Wood County lines)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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