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    DUFF, TEXAS

    Only a Name on a Map

    Shelby County, East Texas
    Duff had been on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
    or The junction of County Roads 1080 and 1070
    About 8 Miles N of San Augustine
    About 11 Miles S of Center and
    about 9 Miles W of Patroon

    Population: 0


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    History on a Pinhead

    It was merely a flag stop on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad, but it did manage to have a post office (briefly) in 1907.

    Residents could flag the train and either take it north to Longview or south to Beaumont. After the mid 1970s passenger service was discontinued on the line and Duff – the town that never was – only appears on a few maps and as a rare postmark.

    Photographer’s Note:
    “Duff is shown on some maps and has an entry in the Handbook of Texas, however, all that is visible today is a dusty, east Texas road running parallel to the railroad track. The tracks themselves are hidden by the thick overgrowth. There was no sign of habitation.” Gerald Massey
    Duff TX

    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2012

    Shelby County Texas 1920s map
    1920 Shelby County map showing Duff (S of Center)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    See Duff, Texas by David Knape

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