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JOHNTOWN, TEXAS

Red River County, East Texas
4 Miles SE of Bogata
20 miles S of Clarksville

Population: 175 (1990)


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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.

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