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PHELPS, TEXAS

Walker County, East Texas

FM 2296
Just S of Highway 190
6 Miles E of Huntsville
Population: 98 est.

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History in a Pecan Shell

The Houston and Great Northern Railroad built a station here in the 1870s and the town grew up around it. The contractor for the railroad construction was the Phelps-Dodge Corporation from whence the name came.

In 1874 a post office was granted and the railroad added a spur at Phelps, connecting Huntsville to the main line. Phelps became the nucleus of a cluster of sawmills and the mill workers resided in the hub town. It was estimated that the population included residents of 100 separate families. From a mere 25 people in 1890, the town reached 300 by 1914. As the forest played out and the sawmills moved on, Phelps declined to a single business. The 1950 population was estimated to be 100 and the post office closed in the mid-1960s.
Phelps Texas cistern
Cistern
TE photo, June 2004
Phelps, Texas
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