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    NIGTON, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Trinity County, East Texas
    FM 2262 and FM 2501
    17 Miles NE of Groveton

    SE of Crockett

    Population: estimated 34 (1990s)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Settled by former slaves in 1873, the name was suggested by former slave and civic leader Jeff Carter. Nigton was primarily a farming community and had its own post office from 1894 to 1923. By 1896 the town had a thiving population of 500 people along with a sawmill, cotton gin, wagonmaker, and three churches.

    By the 1940s only ten residents still lived in Nigton although that has increased to an estimated 34 people in the 1990s. Residents are direct descendants of the original African-American settlers.

    Today (2010) canines appear to outnumber humans by a 3 to 1 ration. Scattered dwellings are in disrepair and there are no signs to verify you’ve arrived.

    Trinity County 1907 Postal map showing Nigton
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    "[Texas Escapes show[s] it being founded in 1873, In Frederick Law Olmsted's book, A Trip across Texas, he visited [the town] in his trip. This trip was in the late 1850's. It was formed by free Blacks, some of whom owned slaves themselves. The town was described as larger than some of the now famous Texas towns." - L. J. Parker, November 03, 2012
    TX - Trinity County 1907 Postal map
    Trinity County 1907 Postal map showing Nigton
    (Above "Y" in "TRINITY")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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