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BOXELDER, TEXAS

Red River County, East Texas
FM 44 at the junction of FM 412
About: 7 Miles S of Annona
22 Miles N of Mt. Pleasant
42 Miles SE of Paris
48 Miles W of Texarkana

Population: 258 (2000)

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Boxelder TX Cemetery
Boxelder Cemetery
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named for the abundant species that lines the nearby creeks. Settlement began prior to the Civil War and a post office opened in 1865 – the year the war ended.

Always a quiet town, the population was a mere 50 in 1910. The community met with no natural disasters and after the Great Depression, it emerged with 75 residents – the same number given in the 1980s.

The post office closed sometime in the early to middle 1950s. The population was estimated to be more than 250 in the 1990s.

Photographer's Note:
“Boxelder is a very pleasant community not boasting of a lot of residences within the town proper.” - Gerald Massey
Boxelder TX Salem Baptist Church
Salem Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
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Historical Marker Text

Salem Baptist Church

In 1856, the Rev. Thomas Wilson Anderson (1815-1890) organized Salem Baptist Church with twelve charter members. The first church building was located Northeast of Boxelder; by 1871, the congregation had moved to this location. By 1918, the church had a two-story structure and the local Woodmen of the World chapter met on the upper floor. The congregation built the current structure in 1945. From its early years, the church served as the focal point of the rural Boxelder community. Members have ministered to the sick and needy of the area, and have also focused on missions. Today, Salem Baptist Church continues to be a spiritual leader in Boxelder.
(2009)
Boxelder TX - Salem Baptist Church Historical Marker
Salem Baptist Church Historical Marker
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Red River County Texas 1907 Postal.
1907 Red River County Postal map showing Boxelder
(Below "V" in "RED RIVER")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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