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LATCH, TEXAS

Upshur County, East Texas

Farm Road 1795
8 Miles W of Gilmer
21 Miles from Longview
Population: 50 (2000)

Latch, Texas Area Hotels > Longview Hotels
Latch Tx Community Center
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

The community began life in the 1880s when it was then known as Know, Texas. After the community received a post office in 1894, it was changed to Latch, after major landowner and sawmill operator L. A. Latch.

In the 1890s the town built churches and a school. The first store was opened about this time and the post office closed its doors in 1906.

As the trees disappeared into lumber and sawdust, Latch (the man) switched professions, closing the sawmill and opening a cotton gin.

Latch’s population was estimated at fifty during the Great Depression – the same figure used for the 2000 census. Latch, with no discernable town center is now described as “a dispersed community.”
Latch Tx Missionary Baptist Church
Missionary Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
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Latch TX - Community Center ghost sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2007
Latch TX - Community Center sign
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
Latch TX road sign
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
 Latch TX Upshur County 1895 Postmark
Latch TX Upshur County 1895 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with Latch TX 1895 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Latch, Texas Area Destinations:
Gilmer | Longview
Hotels: Longview Hotels | More Hotels

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