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    GLENNWOOD, TEXAS

    Upshur County, East Texas
    FM 726 and FM 3358
    About 8 Miles SE of Gilmer

    About 7 Miles SW of Diana
    About 9 Miles NE of Gladewater
    NW of Longview
    Population: 00150 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Prior to the county being formed (1846), the site had a large plantation (whose name is lost to history). It had been abandoned prior to the Civil War and new settlers began arriving before the war was over.

    There were enough people to justify a post office and one opened in 1875. Postmaster Wiley Florence is credited with naming the town after the existing Glenwood Methodist Church (which also served as a school).

    In the mid 1880s Glenwood’s post office operated alongside a store. Cotton gin and gristmill with a population estimated at 100. It peaked in 1914 with 215 residents but declined shortly after WWI, losing it’s post office.

    By the time the Great Depression arrived, only the church, school and store were left. The 1940 census counted 90 residents.

    The school merged with another after WWII and although the population has increased to 150, it is still regarded as a dispersed rural community.

    Photographer’s Note:

    “Glenwood has suffered the fate of many towns by being bypassed by a new highway. On some older maps Glenwood is shown on two-lane State Highway 300, however a much straighter high speed, four-lane highway has been constructed one mile to the west, leaving Glenwood as a virtual ghost town.” - Gerald Massey, April 30, 2012

    Glenwood TX road
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2011
    Glenwood TX - First Baptist Church

    First Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2011
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    Upshur County TX 1907 Postal Map

    Upshur County TX 1907 Postal Map showing Glenwood, SE of Gilmer
    (Below "HU" in "UPSHUR")

    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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