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CLEARWATER, TEXAS

Franklin County, East Texas
FM 1448
12 Miles S of Mt. Vernon
Population: Unknown

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Entering Clearwater
Entering Clearwater
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

The town Clearwater was named for the once-clear water of Cypress Creek which has since been altered by the construction of Lake Cypress Springs and Lake Bob Sandlin. Settlement began around the time of the Civil War and by 1870, it was forming into a proper town with the primary building blocks of church, store, school and gin.

The earliest population figures come from 1933 when the town reported 25 residents. It had doubled by the end of WWII but started thinning out. By the 1980s, it was merely a church and cemetery, with a few scattered houses.
Clearwater Baptist Church, Clearwater Tx
Clearwater Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
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