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FOSTORIA, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Montgomery County, East Texas

Highway 105
17 Miles E of Conroe
Population: Anyone's Guess

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History in a Pecan Shell

Fostoria's history begins with the 20th Century when it was known as Clinesburg after a sawmill operator. The mill was acquired by the Foster Lumber Company of Kansas City, and the name was changed to Fosteria in 1903. Lumber was still the major economic engine in East Texas and between 1910 and 1920 the population was around 1,000 people - most of whom were Foster Lumber employees. It peaked at 1,500 between 1915 and the mid 20s. The company issued their own scrip which had to be spent in town. Up until the day it closed in 1930, Fostoria's only business that was not controlled by the company was the US Post Office.

The company and town prospered throughout the 30s and 40s and at one time it was one of the largest sources of Southern pine lumber in the US. When the company shut down in 1957, former company housing was sold to the former employees and the downtown businesses closed with the company. The population was still 500 into the 1960s but twenty years later only a cemetery and scattered buildings were left.

Fostoria Once Was Prosperous Sawmill Town

By W. T. Block

Should one travel about five miles west of Cleveland on Texas 105, there is a marker pointing north to the sawmill town of Fostoria. There is nothing there now, except a few concrete foundations covered with pine needles and an old abandoned cemetery... Read full article
TX - Montgomery County 1920s Map
Montgomery County 1920s map showing Fostoria
(E of Conroe near San Jacinto / Liberty County Lines)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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