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LAFAYETTE, TEXAS

Upshur County, East Texas

FM 993 and FM 1975
13 Miles NE of Gilmer
NW of Longview
Population: 00080 (2000)

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LaFayette Tx Church
LaFayette Baptist Church & Cemetery
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Barclay Gibson
Photographer's Note:
"There is just the church here. It is at the intersection of FMs 593 & 2796." - Barclay Gibson, February 06, 2015

History in a Pecan Shell

LaFayette dates from the late 1850s. Unlike numerous towns and cities named after the Marquis de La Fayette, this community was named to honor LaFayette Locke, the son of an early settler (M.F. Locke).

The community was granted a post office as early as 1858. In the mid 1880s, LaFayette had a school, three churches and multiple cotton gins and gristmills although there were only 30 residents.

The community enjoyed a (brief) mining boom (iron ore) in the early 1890s. By the middle of that decade, the population swelled to 400 residents.

Amenities acquired during the boom included a newspaper, Masonic lodge and several saloons.

After 1900 LaFayette experienced a sharp population decline. By 1914, the population had fallen to 250 and the community was hard-hit by the Great Depression. The 1940 Census counted just eighty residents.

It hit bottom in 1958 with a population of 60. Although the population has increased back to 80; the town has been officially been designated a " dispersed rural community."
LaFayette TX Upshur County 1954 Postmark
LaFayette TX Upshur County 1954 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with LaFayette TX 1954 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
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