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    BRACHFIELD, TEXAS
    AKA Needmore

    Rusk County, East Texas
    FM 1798 and FM 840
    About 9 Miles N of Mt. Enterprise
    About 11Miles SE of Henderson
    About 19 Miles SW of Carthage

    Population: 00040

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    The community was settled along Murval Creek in the 1860s and originally took the name Murval. Prior to Murval’s settlement, a town named Gibson was nearby. It too was named after a creek. (Murval and Gibson Creeks connect.) The community had a post office as early as 1853.

    From 1892 to 1905 the community became known as Needmore by the county newspaper referring to it by that name. This lighthearted name was adopted by county residents and remained until it was discovered that there was already an “official” Needmore in Terry County.

    In the mid 1890s a hotel was built to accommodate people coming to recently discovered Welch Springs.

    The current name comes from a county election. In 1900 it was Charles L. Brachfield who visited the town and stood in a recently cleared field (which is why campaigns call them stump speeches) to deliver his message. A new post office was renamed that year but only stayed active until 1906.

    Early population figures aren’t available but Brachfield peaked in the 1950s and 60s with around 80 residents. The 1990 census reported around 30 which rose to 40 by 2000.

    See Brachfield Historical Marker

    Brachfield TX Road Sign
    3 miles to Brachfield
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2011
    Brachfield TX Tin Shed
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2011
    Brachfield TX Historical Marker
    Brachfield Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2011
    Brachfield TX - old rusted Chevy
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2011
    Texas - Rusk County 1907 Postal Map
    1907 Rusk County Postal Map showing Brachfield
    (Under "S" in "RUSK")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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