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BETHANY, TEXAS

On the Texas/Louisiana State Line

Texas Ghost Town
Panola County, East Texas

32° 22' 24" N, 94° 2' 35" W (32.373333, -94.043056)
Highway 79
22 miles NE of Carthage
Population: Unknown

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Texas marker in Bethany Texas
The Texas marker in Bethany
TE photo, August 2009

History in a Pecan Shell

Once known by the name of Vernon, Bethany got its current name with the opening of a post office in 1849. Vernon was a popular stop with Southerners transmigrating into Texas. The post office moved to Caddo Parish Louisiana for a short time before the Civil War.

In 1889 one of the local store owners took advantage of his store/ tavern's position straddling the state line by restricting gambling and drinking to separate halves of the same building.

In the 1920s, a gas field was discovered which brought some prosperity to the region in the 30s, but like most rural areas, the population declined after WWII.



From Here and There ("Bob Bowman's East Texas" Column):

"Each holiday, a hay bale north of Bethany, on the Texas-Louisiana line, wishes travelers its good wishes for the reason. The last time I was there, the hay bale was celebrating. St. Patrick’s Day. The hay bale, of course, is decorated by the landowner."
Bethany TX 1899 Bethany United Methodist Church
1899 Bethany United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2009
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Bethany TX 1899 Bethany United Methodist Church plaque
Build in 1899
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2009
Bethany TX - Lickskillet Old time Store
Lickskillet Old time Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
, April 2010
Bethany TX - Lickskillet Store
Lickskillet Store sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
, April 2010
Bethany TX - Lickskillet Old time Store
Lickskillet Old time Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
, April 2010
Bethany TX - Lickskillet Old time Store
Lickskillet Old time Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
, April 2010
Bethany TX Old Stores
Bethany Old Stores
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
, April 2010
Bethany TX -  old Store
Old Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
, April 2010
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Bethany TX Old Barn
Old Barn
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2009
Bethany TX -  State-line Bar-B-Q
State-line Bar-B-Q
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2009
Bethany TX Closed Gas Station

Closed Gas Station
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2009

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Bethany TX city limit
Bethany city limit
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2009
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Site of Bethany - Texas  Centennial Marker
Site of Bethany Centennial Marker
TE photo, August 2009
Site of Bethany - Texas  Centennial Marker text
Centennial Marker text
TE photo, August 2009
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Bethany, TX, Panola County, 1850s canceled postmark
Bethany, TX, Panola County, 1850s canceled postmark
Cover canceled with Bethany, TX 1850s postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Panola County TX 1907 postal map
Panola County 1907 postal map showing Bethany on the Texas/Louisiana State Line
From Texas state map #2090

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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