History in a PineconeAlthough
the community of Halifax did have a pre-Civil War post office, it appears it was
essentially a race track. Built just north of ancient Indian burial grounds, it
did have gristmill, but nearly every other business catered to gamblers.
racetrack, stables, blacksmith and hotel (presumably for out-of-town gamblers)
are the only businesses listed in the Handbook of Texas entry for Halifax. Nary
a mention of churches, schools, newspapers or other signs of civilization.
post office served Polk County residents from Midway to Old Hope from 1853 through
1858. Without enduring infrastructure, the town disappeared.
County TX 1858 Map showing Halifax NE of Livingston|
"LK" in "POLK")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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