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    SAND HILL, TEXAS

    Upshur County, East Texas
    FM 555 at Goldenroad Road
    About 7 Miles NW of Gilmer
    About 17 Miles N of Longview
    Population: 00075 (2000)

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    Sand Hill TX - Upshur County country road
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
    See Roads of Upshur County by Bob Bowman
    History in a Pecan Shell

    W. A. Bland is generally accepted as the town founder. He named the future town for the abundant beds of sand around 1898.

    Although no population figures are available, there were enough children to make a school necessary in the first few years of the 20th Century.

    The 1930s seem to be the community’s peak years. After the school merged with another district a decline set in and by the 1960s only a cemetery was left with two churches and scattered residences.

    It is now what is called a “dispersed rural community” with an estimated population of 75.
    Sand Hill, TX  - Sand Hill Baptist Church
    Sand Hill Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
    Sand Hill TX -  Sand Hill Church of Christ
    Sand Hill Church of Christ
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
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    Sand Hill TX Road
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2011
    Photographer's Note:
    Sand Hill is 7-miles northwest of Gilmer, 7-miles west of Ore City, 17-miles north of Longview, 7-miles northwest of Diana.

    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, or vintage/historic photos, please contact us.
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