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    HARDIN, TEXAS
    "Old" Hardin

    Texas Ghost Town
    Hardin County, East Texas
    State Highway 326 and FM 770
    3 Miles S of Kountze
    About 33 Miles N of Beaumont
    Population: Unknown

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    Hardin, TX - Site of the first Hardin County courthouse in "Old" Hardin
    Site of the first Hardin County courthouse in "Old" Hardin
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
    History in a Pinecone

    Hardin County came into existence in 1858 and what better name could one choose than Hardin, Texas? By 1860, the community had a post office but growth was slow.

    Even as late as 1878, the courthouse was only one of several buildings and the population was a mere 150 souls. It suffered the fate of so many towns in Texas when it was bypassed (by only two miles) by the Sabine and East Texas Railroad in the early 1880s.

    Hardin managed to defeat Hardin Countians who wanted to move the seat of government to the railroad town of Kountze in 1884, but a fire in 1886 destroyed the courthouse, making the move a necessity.

    By 1900 the number of residents numbered just over 100 and the post office closed its doors in 1903.

    Historical Marker Text:

    "OLD" HARDIN

    Founded 1859 as first county seat of Hardin County, created in 1858. Prospered until bypassed by Sabine & East Texas Railroad in 1881. A fire of suspicious origin razed the Courthouse here on Aug. 8, 1886. In an 1887 election, Kountze, on the railroad, was named the county seat.
    Hardin, TX - "Old" Hardin Texas historical marker
    Historical marker at the site of the first county seat of Hardin County
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
    Kountze Texas - 1858 Hardin County Log Courthouse Painting

    Painting of the 1858 log courthouse in Hardin that hangs in Hardin County Courthouse lobby today
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2007

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