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KELSEY, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Upshur County, East Texas

FM 1795
7 miles W of Gilmer
30 miles NW of Longview
Population: 50 (estimate)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named for early settler W. H. Kelsey - a doctor who arrived sometime before the Civil War. In 1901 a colony of Mormons was founded on Kelsey Creek. It drew Mormons from far and wide and a school was established that same year - run by missionaries from the Mother Church in Utah.

The post office opened in 1902 and closed in 1918. In 1910 the Marshall and East Texas Railway arrived and Kelsey's future seemed bright.

By 1911 the town had a brick kiln, sawmills, a cotton gin, two blacksmiths, and a gristmill.

The Kelsey Academy, a public school staffed by Mormon missionaries opened in 1911. Kelsey reached its zenith in 1917 with 750 people and more living nearby in Enoch, a Mormon settlement. The railroad was abandoned in 1917, the post office closed and during the 1920s and 1930s people moved away in droves. By 1938 there were 350 people left but after WWII it declined further. Then came school consolidation which finished the town off.

By the mid-1960s all that was left was one store and a church and cemetery. It is now known as a dispersed community and the remaining residents are descendants of the original Mormon settlers.


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TX - Kelsey schoolhouse
Kelsey schoolhouse
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, March 2016
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Kelsey Mormon Colony historical marker
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, March 2016
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Kelsey map
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, March 2016
1920s Upshur County Map showing Kelsey - W of Gilmer
(Above "P" in "UPSHUR")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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