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MOUNT STERLING, TEXAS
AKA Aldridge's,
Goodman's Crossing,
and Mount Huling


Texas Ghost Town
Nacogdoches County, East Texas


7 Miles S of Hwy 21 bridge over the Angelina River
Population: 0

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Nacogdoches County Tx - Mt Sterling Town Site Marker
Mount Sterling Centennial Marker
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Once a river port on the Angelina River, Mt. Sterling was founded in 1837 by John Durst, famed for being the “Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution.”

The site was very near what had been the Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Maria Mission. Durst, as entrepreneur, built both a sawmill and gristmill powered by the flow of the Angelina River.

He also constructed a toll bridge which connected two segments of the Camino Real (Old Spanish Trail). Besieged by Cherokee Indians, Durst’s substantial house was used as a refuge for settlers on more than one occasion. The settlement had a post office in operation for a brief period, closing in 1840 due to Indian raids.

Durst had enough and moved to safer ground in Leon County about this time. The leaving of a town’s founder can dishearten even the most enthusiastic setters and the site was abandoned within a few years.


In December 2010, Mount Sterling’s site was located by photographer Barclay Gibson who went in search of the marker and found lagniappe in the form of a beautiful 1929 bridge. Today the name of Goodman’s Crossing is kept alive by a very tidy liquor store (that doesn’t sell ice cream).

Nacogdoches County Tx - Mt Sterling Town Site Centennial Marker
Mount Sterling Town Site Centennial Marker
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010


Nacogdoches County Tx - Mt Sterling Town Site Marker Text
Mount Sterling Town Site Centennial Marker Text
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
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Nacogdoches County Tx - Mt Sterling Town Site
Mount Sterling Town Site
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010


Nacogdoches County Tx - Goodman Bridge Store
Goodman Bridge Store
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010


Nacogdoches County Tx - Goodman Pony Truss Bridge
The 1929 Goodman Pony Truss Bridge
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010


Nacogdoches County Tx - Goodman Bridge in rain
Goodman Bridge after rain
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010

Nacogdoches County - Mt Sterling & Goodman Bridge

Photographer's Note:

In planning this trip, I made sure to use a back road that would lead me to the Goodman Pony Truss Bridge. Built in 1929, it was 150 feet across with Wooden Planked Decking over the Angelina River, the county line between Cherokee and Nacogdoches Counties.

Taking a right, the Mt Sterling marker was supposed to be just up the road. I saw the Goodman Store and thought I'd stop, buy an ice cream bar, and ask if anyone knew the location of the marker. Inside, I didn't see the freezer case and asked if they had ice cream bars. The clerk said, "This is a liquor store and we don't have ice cream bars. Are you lost, Hon?" I don't know for sure that she called me Hon but it would have fit. You can see that the photo shows it to be the Goodman LIQUOR Store.

I wasn't lost but the question did give me an opening to what I was looking for. She said that she and her husband used to own the property with the marker, and thought it was about 1/4 mile up the road. It was.

John Durst founded Mt Sterling. The marker tells the story. - Barclay Gibson, December 21, 2010


Goodman Bridge Update:

A concrete bridge is under construction immediately to one side, the old bridge is still there and used for traffic. I suspect it will be demolished after the new bridge is completed. - John Goeser, September 26, 2011

Goodman Bridge
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
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