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BRAGG, TEXAS

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Hardin County, East Texas

30 25' 9" N, 94 33' 52" W (30.419167, -94.564444)
FM 1293
About 10 Miles W of Kountze the county seat
Population: Unknown

Bragg, Texas Area Hotels:
Kountze Hotels | Beaumont Hotels
History in a Pecan Shell

Bragg was a rather late arrival in East Texas. Named after Confederate general Braxton Bragg (also the namesake of Fort Bragg, North Carolina), the community sprang up alongside the tracks of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe railroad in 1901.

This was when the Big Thicket was being exploited for its lumber.

A sawmill was built that year and burned two years later. The community might have died at that point but was saved when the railroad laid a branch line to the town of Saratoga that was then booming. The town acquired a post office (closed in 1914), a hotel and a proper depot. But other than a transient population revolving around the oil and timber interests, Bragg was perhaps too close to the county seat to prosper on its own.

The railroad abandoned the line to Saratoga in 1934 and removed its buildings - leaving a stripped down town that had once held promise. No population figures are available, but the area has remained inhabited.


Bragg, Texas Related Articles:

Bragg Road Big Thicket Mystery Light
Bragg Road Ghost Light
  • Bragg Road Ghost Light - Saratoga Ghost Road by Ken & Yvonne Rudine

  • Ghost Road Light Caught on Game Camera by Jim Adams, Jr.

  • The Ghost Road by Bob Bowman

  • The Ghost Road in Hardin County by Bob Bowman

  • The Big Thicket Light by Archie P. McDonald

  • Pollok and a Mystery Light on the Bodan by Ken Rudine

  • Saratoga, Texas
  •  Hardin County TX 1907 Postal Map
    Hardin County 1907 postal map showing Bragg, W of Kountze,
    and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad
    From Texas state map #2090
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Bragg, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Kountze the county seat
    Beaumont
    Saratoga
    See Hardin County | East Texas

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