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DEADWOOD, TEXAS

Panola County, East Texas

32° 8' 24" N, 94° 8' 31" W (32.14, -94.141944)
FM 2517
15 Miles E of Carthage
Population: 106 (2000, 1990)

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Deadwood TX highway sign
Entering Deadwood
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2009

History in a Pecan Shell

Settled in the late 1830s, Adam LaGrone and family are credited with being the town’s first settlers. Just prior to the Civil War, LaGrone’s son built a cotton gin and grist mill which later evolved into the town of Linus.

When the time came to apply for a post office, another town had claimed the name of Linus, so citizens chose Deadwood as their second choice. This was accepted by the postal authorities and in 1882 a post office opened.

Deadwood reported a population of fifty in the mid 1850s when the community had the aforementioned gin and mill as well as a school and two churches.

The post office closed its doors in 1917 and in the mid 1930s the population had reached 125 – the high-water mark. It has since declined to 106 – for the 1990 Census and again for the 2000 census.
Deadwood TX church
A Church in Deadwood
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2009
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Panola County Texas 1920s map
Panola County 1920s map showing Deadwood
(From Texas state map#10749)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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