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LINWOOD, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Cherokee County, East Texas

State Highway 21 and FM 241
About 12 Miles SE of Rusk
Population: 00040 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The site dates to 1832 when Joseph and Delilah Durst settled here. A community with the forgettable name of Lockranzie materialized nearby. Although Lockranzie did have an operational post office by that name, it was changed in 1851 when the post office was moved just east of the prior location and given the easier-to-remember name of Linwood.

Intended to be a river port on the Angelina River, the town may have over-estimated the need for such a point. Nevertheless, the community did become a trading center through the efforts of Chas Chevallier and the Raguet Brothers, who opened stores here.

Linwood may have made it - but in that all-too-familiar story, it was bypassed by the railroad in the 1880s. The Kansas and Gulf Short Line Railroad chose Alto instead of Linwood and what little there was of Linwood moved to Alto.

The post office closed in 1903, but there were some steadfast residents. Although the population had dropped to a mere ten people, two businesses and a church remained.

The 1990 census counted forty residents and that number was used for the 2000 census as well.

TX - Linwood TX 1852 postmark
TX - Linwood TX 1852 postmark
Cover cancelled with 1852 Linwood, TX postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Cherokee County Texas 1907 Postal Map
Cherokee County 1907 Postal Map showing Linwood
near Nacogdoches County line

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Linwood, Texas Area Towns:
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Rusk | Jacksonville | Nacogdoches

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