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    AUGUSTA, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Houston County, East Texas
    FM 227
    About 16 Miles NE of Crockett
    Population: 00020 (2000)

    Where to Stay - Augusta Area Hotels:
    Crockett Hotels
    Augusta Cemetery, Houston county, Texas
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, February 2011
    Augusta Cemetery

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Augusta Smith, daughter of an early settler is the supposed namesake. The site dates from 1821 when Daniel McLean built his home here.

    Prior to the Civil War, Augusta was a center of trade for Houston County plantations. A Male and Female Academy was established just prior to the Civil War and the community was granted a post office in 1882.

    By the mid 1880s, Augusta had a population of 200 residents as well as three stores, cotton gins, and a school and (Union) church. Although its post office was closed, and businesses shrank to only three, the town’s population peaked at 250 Augustans in 1936.

    The population dropped to 120 in the 1940s and the postwar years were very rough on Augusta. By 1952 there were only 20 residents left – a figure that remained in place for decades. The 2000 census showed that same estimate and the 2010 census figures are not available as of this writing.
    Augusta Texas historical markers
    Historical markers on FM 227 in Augusta
    Photo by Dana Goolsby, February 2011
    The Edens-Madden Massacre of Houston County by Dana Goolsby

    Almost two centuries ago, a gruesome massacre occurred in the northeastern portion of the county, near San Pedro Creek and the Augusta community, which was established in 1821. The massacre has lived on as local legend of a tragedy that claimed the lives of many helpless people. The blood curdling screams of women and children echoed through the piney woods on that night, October 18, 1838, accompanied by the war whoops of Indians, in what is known as the Edens-Madden Massacre... more

    Today four historical markers stand in the bend of the curb in the Augusta Community, at the site of the massacre. The bodies that were recovered from the vicious attack are buried in the Augusta Cemetery, among many other pioneers of Houston County. The cemetery is located down a red dirt road, CR 1680, just 3/10 of a mile from FM 227 where the historical markers stand.
    Augusta Texas Road Sign
    Augusta City Limit
    Photo by Dana Goolsby, February 2011
    San Pedro Creek in  Houston County Texas
    San Pedro Creek
    Photo by Dana Goolsby, February 2011
    Redbuds on FM227, Houston County, Texas
    Redbuds on FM227
    Photo by Dana Goolsby, February 2011
    Texas - Houston and Trinity County 1940s map
    1940s Houston County map showing Augusta
    (Above "S" in "H-O-U-S-T-O-N")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Where to Stay - Augusta, Texas Area Hotels:
    Crockett Hotels

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