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HORTENSE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Polk County, East Texas

FM 942
NE of Livingston
About 80 Miles NW of Beaumont
Population: 000020 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Hortence dates from 1857 when the Aaron Feagin family moved here. Feagin opened a store here on Bear Creek and for a time the settlement was called Bear Creek.

Although many Texas post offices were extentions of general stores, grew from stores, Bear Creek had to wait until 1891 when local landowner John Handley applied for one, naming it after his daughter.

In 1900 the population of Hortense peaked with 346 residents but for reasons unknown or unreported, it fell to only 25 by 1925. The 1990 census used the same exact number. If true, the population may have set a state record for zero population growth. The 2000 census was given as twenty.

Hortense TX  Polk County 1909 postmark
Hortense TX  Polk County 1909 postmark
Postcard cancelled with 1909 Hortnese postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Polk County TX 1907 postal map
Polk County 1907 Postal Map showing Hortense
NE of Livingston

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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