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  • FRIENDSHIP, TEXAS
    AKA Friendship School

    Upshur County, East Texas
    Highway 155
    About 4 Miles NE of Gilmer
    Population: 00025 (2000)

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    History on a Pinhead

    Settled around 1900, it was first known as Friendship School. It did indeed have a school, as well as a church and a handful of houses. No population figures are avail for the community’s early years, but the postwar school consolidations (with Gilmer schools) spelled doom to Friendship. It became a “dispersed rural community” with only a few houses and the church remaining. It is estimated that 25 residents still live in the area.

    Photographers Note:
    "Be advised that there are 10-Friendship towns in Texas and to make matters worse there are two in just one county, Smith County. This Friendship is located in Upshur County on FM-155, 4.25-miles northeast of Gilmer, 10-miles west of Ore City, 10-miles northwest of Diana, 15-miles south of Pittsburg." - Gerald Massey
    Friendship TX - Baptist Church

    Friendship Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2011
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    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2011

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