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JOHNTOWN, TEXAS

Red River County, East Texas

4 Miles SE of Bogata
20 miles S of Clarksville the county seat
27 miles SE of Paris
21 miles NW of Mount Pleasant
27 miles N of Mount Vernon
Population: 175 est. (2010, 2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Supposedly named because so many of the residents were named John, the town got its post office in 1900 and it became a stop on the Paris and Mount Pleasant Railway in 1913. From a population of only 75 in 1910, it declined to a mere 15 during the depths of the Great Depression, rebounding to 50 just before WWII.

It swelled to 200 shortly after the war, but the railroad pulled up tracks in 1959 and soon the post office closed its doors. The population, however, has managed to stay at a respectable 175 - although no one knows for sure how many residents are naming their sons John.



Red River County Towns

County Seat - Clarksville
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Acworth
Addielou
Albion
Annona
Avery
Bagwell
Bluff
Bogata
Boxelder
Cherry
Clarksville county seat
Cuthand
Detroit
Dimple
English
Fulbright
Johntown
Jonesboro ghost town
Kanawha
Kiomatia ghost town
Lone Star
Lydia
Madras
Negley
Old Dimple
Rosalie ghost town
Rugby
Savannah ghost town
Scrap ghost town
Shadowland
Vessey ghost town
Watson ghost town
White Rock

Contiguous Counties:
McCurtain County, Oklahoma (N)
Bowie County (E) Morris County (SE)
Titus County (S) Franklin County (SW)
Delta County (SW) Lamar County (W)
Choctaw County, Oklahoma (NW)


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