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BARADO, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Walker County, East Texas

FM 2296 and Highway 75
About 8 Miles SE of Huntsville
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

Kelly's Switch on the Great Northern Railroad was a mile north of the present-day intersection. John F. Kelly was a sawmill operator and the switch was constructed to facilitate the shipping of lumber. Workers at the mill and their dependents formed the nucleus of the village of Barado.

The year of its establishment is given as 1893 and three years later, the first population figures came to a mere fifteen people. But even fifteen people need a store and school and they appeared in time. A post office appeared, but little else.

The erasure of Barado from state maps can be blamed on a single incident. Although the date is uncertain, the mill's boiler exploded, killing John Kelly. With no employment, the workers left for other jobs, leaving behind a town that never really had a proper start. The ruins of the mill are the only thing left.
Barado TX
Barado TX  1901 postmark
Cover cancelled with 1901 Barado postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
TX Walker County 1907 Postal Map
Walker County 1907 Postal Map showing Barado (SE of Huntsville)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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