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SPIVEY, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Shelby County, East Texas
US 84
16 Miles N of Center
Population: 0

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Spivey TX US84 Town Site Historical Marker
Spivey Marker on US-84 about a mile east of Paxton
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2009

History in a Pecan Shell

Spivey, named after a local family, came into being in the 1860s but it wasn’t until 1890 when the community was granted a post office (Isaac Spivey was the first postmaster).

In 1896 Spivey reported a population of 50 but its growth was hampered by its proximity to Paxton. By 1903 the post office had closed and residents drifted toward Paxton. The Great Depression and the effects of WWII pushed the town into oblivion. By the mid 1940s, the town had disappeared, leaving only the Friendship Baptist Church and the Friendship cemetery.
Spivey TX Town Site Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2009
Historical Marker Text

Site of 1870s-1900 Town of
Spivey

Founded by Civil War veteran James Jackson Spivey; brothers Elisha P. and George W. Spivey lived nearby. In early days mail arrived by wagon. Houston East & West Texas Railroad crossed the founder's land, building Spivey Station, 1886. During late 1880s Hicks Lumber Mill and workers' houses were erected. U. S. Post Office was established in 1891, with Isaac W. Spivey, postmaster. Friendship Baptist Church was organized in 1890s with James M. Spivey, pastor. After 1900, town gradually moved over to Paxton Switch. Friendship Cemetery, with 33 graves, marks the old site.
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Spivey, Texas
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