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    DIALVILLE, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Cherokee County, East Texas
    FM 347
    6 Miles NW of Rusk
    5 Miles S of Jacksonville
    Population: Unknown

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    Dialville  TX - Old downtown in 1910-1911
    "Downtown Dialville in 1910-1911"
    Courtesy Dennis Dickerson
    History in a Pecan Shell

    Like other towns in Cherokee County, settlers were living in the area prior to the Civil War. In the early 1880s, the Kansas and Gulf Short Line Railroad arrived and storekeeper John Dial opened his business here. The community was known as Dial, Texas but when a post office was applied for - it was dicovered there was a Dial in Fannin County. In1885 the name Dialville was submitted and accepted. Although the store and post office went out of business the following year, it was reopened in 1897.

    In 1899 a school was opened and a year later the town was developed as a shipping point for tomatoes. The town had a thriving population of 400 by 1915.

    The town already had the Dialville News and a short time later a second paper (the Reporter) was published by theater owner L. E. Scott.

    The population declined to only 200 by 1930s, and the Depression doomed many of Dialville's businesses. In recent years only two churches remain to mark what was once Dialville.

    See Dialville Historical Marker >
    Dialville Texas Forum & Old Photos
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    Dialville Texas Methodist Church
    The Methodist Church in Dialville
    Photo courtesy Lori Martin, December 2005
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    Historical Marker Text

    DIALVILLE

    In 1866, Confederate John J. Dial (d.1928) joined a group of 60 wagons headed for Texas. He arrived in this area the same year and soon began farming the land. With the 1882 arrival of the Kansas and Gulf Short Line Railroad, Dial opened a general store near the rail line. The following year, Dial and his wife, Ida Mae (Jones), deeded eight acres of land to the railroad for a flag stop station. The town site he platted at the site of the station was named Dialville when the post office was established in 1885. There was little growth in Dialville until 1897, when the flourishing tomato and peach production and shipping business revitalized the area. In that year, John T. Bailey opened a store and reactivated the post office. Dialville's first school was established in 1899. C. D. Jarratt, a leading East Texas fruit and vegetable sales agent, arrived about 1900 and helped develop the town into a leading shipping point for tomatoes and peaches. Dialville was the scene of much commercial activity during the early years of the 20th century, but by the mid 1920s had begun to decline. It remains an important part of the regional and agricultural history of Cherokee County.
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    Dialville Texas Forum & Old Photos

    Dialville TX founder - Mr. Dial and family portrait
    "Mr. Dial and his family (founder of Dialville)"
    Courtesy Dennis Dickerson
    Dialville  TX - downtown old photo  1910-1911
    Downtown store in 1910-1911
    Courtesy Dennis Dickerson
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    Dialville Texas store
    The store today
    Photo courtesy Lori Martin, December 2005
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    TX - 1923 Dialville Elementary School, 1950s photo
    "1923 Dialville two story brick elementary school in the 1950's."
    Courtesy Dennis Dickerson
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  • Subject: Dialville Old Photos & Update
    Attached (shown above) are four old photos of Dialville.

    One single and out of print 40 page book exists in the Jacksonville, Texas public library, published in 1979 by Jack Moore, titled "The History of Dialville, Texas."

    The current Dialville community is no longer an incorporated city, but only a historical landmark. However, it is no longer a ghost town. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Barker now own and operate the Dialville General Store out of one of the remaining brick structures of the old town. - Dennis Dickerson, August 31, 2011

  • Subject: The Dialville Plung and Dancehall
    My great aunt and great uncle, Elizabeth "Bess" Sewell and Frank Sewell founded and owned the Dialville Plung. It was located in front of their farm on the Old Dialville Cutoff Road near the outskirts of Dialville. As a young boy I spent every summer visiting there where I learned to swim. It was, in its day, an amusement park, complete with a large dancehall and a jukebox. I remember "The Beer Barrel Polka" was a crowd pleaser that was very popular. During the Fall of the year, a carnival would set up outside the dancehall. People from all over Cherokee County and beyond would come to swim, dance, and amuse themselves. Unfortunately the grounds and pool have all grown over and there is no sign that such a wonderful place ever existed. - Charles Callaway, April 10, 2013

  • Subject: Dialville Memories
    Aren't you glad you went to Dialville?
    Don't you wish everyone did?

    As a child, I grew up in Jacksonville. We enjoyed going to Diaville to go swimming, in what we thought then, was a great swimming pool. As I look back I believe it was a lake the owners had enclosed with a wooden entrance where we paid admission. There was a tall tower with a trolley we held on to & "flew" through the air the distance of the pool to deep water. It was quite exciting! Then we had to pull the handlebar back with a rope! There was also a cabin up in the woods close to the swimming pool that the Girl Scouts would go to spend several days on a camping adventure! These are my memories of Diaville. - Adelaide Brewer Bennett, April 09, 2007
  • Cherokee County Texas 1907 Postal Map
    Cherokee County Texas 1907 Postal Map showing Dialville
    (Above "R" in "CHEROKEE")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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