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NIGTON, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Trinity County, East Texas

31° 13' 18" N, 94° 54' 28" W (31.221667, -94.907778)
FM 2262 and FM 2501
17 Miles NE of Groveton
SE of Crockett
SW of Lufkin
Population: 87 (2000) 34 est. (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 thriving population of 500 people along with a sawmill, cotton gin, wagon maker, 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.

Scattered dwellings are in disrepair and there are no signs to verify you’ve arrived.

In 2017, Nigton received an official Texas Historical Marker at the Junction of FM 2262 and FM 2501

Trinity County 1907 Postal map showing Nigton

Nigton, Texas Forum

"[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


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TX - Trinity County 1907 Postal map

Trinity County 1907 Postal map showing Nigton
near Angelina and Polk County lines

Courtesy Texas General Land Office


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Nigton, Texas Nearby Towns:
Groveton | Crockett | Lufkin
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