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    PAXTON, TEXAS

    Shelby County, East Texas
    Highway 84 between Tenaha and Joaquin
    12 Miles N of Center

    Population: 161 (2000)

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    History in a Pinecone

    Paxton was born with the arrival of the railroad in 1885. A post office was granted seven years later and the name comes from a family of early settlers.

    Paxton had a population of 100 in 1914 and used its depot to ship lumber, produce and cotton.

    The town reached its high-water mark (estimated at 300) just as the Great Depression was beginning and between exhausted timber and low cotton prices, the populace abandoned the town in favor of greener pastures. It did, however, drain population from the nearby Spivey, creating a ghost town from that community.

    The post war population was back to 100 residents which has slowly grown to the 161 people counted by the 2000 census.
    Lula Massey appears to be donating a huge watermelon to soldier June Rowe near Paxton, Texas in 1951. Although it makes a wonderful Fourth of July photograph, in truth, the family gathering was for Lula’s birthday. Lula is the Grandmother of Gerald Massey, Texas Escapes Photographer-at-Large. Soldier June was Mr. Massey’s cousin.
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    Paxton TX - Paxton United Methodist Church
    Paxton United Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2009
    Paxton TX Ramah ABA Baptist Church
    Ramah ABA Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2009
    Paxton TX - Old Home Baptist Church
    Old Home Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2009
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    US84 Spivey TX town site Historical Marker
    Site of Spivey Marker on US-84 about a mile east of Paxton
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2009
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