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CALL, TEXAS

Newton / Jasper County, East Texas

FM 1004 and FM 1013
About 45 Miles N of Beaumont
Population: 170 est

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History in a Pinecone

The town was named for Dennis Call, but the naming was made by Dennis' former business partner, George Adams. The two men, along with M.T. Jones founded a sawmill here in 1895. A post office opened in 1896. Adams became sole owner of the mill in 1897 and leased the business to a Beaumont Company.

In 1901, Timber magnate John Henry Kirby became the owner of the mill - just before the railroad arrived, (1906) which connected the community to Newton and Orange.

1906 was also the year the post office burned. It was immediately replaced, but at a new location. Another fire in 1924 destroyed the facility cutting pine timber and when it was rebuilt, it was equipped to cut hardwood.

The Great Depression reduced the community's population by a third when the mill closed. It briefly reopened, but closed for good in the early 1950s.

A discovery of oil was made in 1937 but it never reached boom stage. It stopped production in 1942.

From a population of 250 in 1936, Call fell to 170 residents in the early 1970s. The same count has been used through 2010.

Call, Texas
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