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MOUNT SELMAN, TEXAS
aka SELMAN, TEXAS

Cherokee County, East Texas
US 69 and FM 177
20 miles N of Rusk
3 miles N of Jacksonville

Population: 200 (estimate)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The community was built near the rails of the Kansas and Gulf Short Line Railroad in 1884. Dr. James Selman, donated land for the new town and so it was named in his honor. Mount Selman drew population from the bypassed town of Larissa - 3 miles west. Investors in the new town were none other than the movers and shakers of Larissa.
Mt Selman Tx old and new Baptist Church
The old and new Baptist Church in Mount Selman
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
When the post office was applied for - another town named Selman existed - so the prefix was added to avoid confusion and lost mail.

The population was 125 by 1892 and Mount Selman had all the businesses required for continued growth. Fruit and tomatoes were major crops. In 1914 the town reached its zenith with 500 people calling the place home.

In the early 1950s Mount Selman's population had dropped to just over 200. The post office closed in 1973 and the population remains estimated at around 200.
Mt Selman Tx Baptist Church
Mt Selman Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Mt Selman Tx Methodist Church
Mt Selman Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
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