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BALDWIN, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Harrison County, East Texas
FM 134
6 Miles W of Karnack
9 Miles E of Jefferson
14 Miles NE of
Marshall
About 4 Miles W of Caddo Lake State Park
Population:

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Baldwin TX Country Road
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010
History in a Pecan Shell

The J. B. Baldwin family of Marshall
is said to be the source of the name. The community was granted a post office in 1902 although it was shuttered by 1915.

The 1914 population was given as 350. The community was served by two general stores and had a cotton gin as well as two sawmills.

By the worst days of the Great Depression, Baldwin’s population had plummeted to a mere 25 citizens served by a single store.

The site today shows widely dispersed houses with no town center.
Baldwin TX railroad tracks
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010

A Visit to Baldwin Texas

Photographer's Note
Baldwin is an unincorporated community in northeast Texas, in Harrison County, on FM-134, about 6-miles west of Karnack, about 9-miles east of Jefferson, serving the rail industry.

Note that there is not even a road sign here. Note also, that it is on several different maps.

The main thing that is here is the Kansas City Southern Rail siding and a few tracks serving the “TNT Railcar Services” facility. There used to be a “Rail Plant” there. They welded up 39-foot joints of rail into quarter mile long lengths of “welded rail” for KCS. It was quite an operation, doing the welding and loading it onto a special train. I used to have to go there all the time for KCS when I was employed with KCS (for 30-years). Also, worked on the special rail train unloading the “welded” rail to be put into service.

Here is the extremely dangerous “S” curve right over the RR tracks. - Gerald Massey, February 2010
Baldwin TX TNT rail plant
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010
Texas silhuette and star
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010
Baldwin TX country road
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010
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