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BRITTON, TEXAS

Ellis County, North Central Texas
FM 661 off US 287
NW of Waxahachie
Just S of Arlington, Dallas / Fort Worth
Population: 30 est.(2010)

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Britton Texas bank building

The former bank in Britton
in 2000
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History in a Pecan Shell

The estimated population of Britton is about 30 people. But while most communities in Texas with a population this small are comprised of scattered dwellings, Britton's population is rather concentrated on just a few streets.

The post office was started in 1895 when the town was named Hellandville. The name must not have meant much to the citizens (or else Mr. Helland died) for it was changed the very next year to Britton.

Britton sits in a rather remote corner of Ellis County and as the old saying goes - if you find yourself there, you must've been looking for it.

The school-age children attend classes in nearby Mansfield or Midlothian, and not Waxahachie.

Britton's high water mark (population-wise) was reached with 300 people around 1925.
Citizen's Bank, Britton, Texas
The bank building in 2005
Photo courtesy Karen Webb, June 2005
Bank building interior , Britton, Texas
A view of the bank interior
Photo courtesy Karen Webb, June 2005
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Britton, Texas Forum

  • The Only Bank in the Region Not Robbed by Bonnie and Clyde
    Dear TE, I happened across your magazine while doing a little family research. The old bank belonged to my great grandfather, John William Bobbitt, a banker, in the 1920s. As family legend has it, his two claims to fame in the banking business in Britton were: 1) his was the only bank in the region not held up by Bonnie & Clyde, and 2) He paid all his depositors before closing at the crash of 1929. My father was born in Britton in 1930. The family moved to Dallas shortly afterward, but we had extended family living in the region for many years.

    When I was little, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, we as a family would drive to Britton and see the ruin of the old bank, which as I remember had chickens living in it at that time. I haven't been back in years and had assumed it was completely gone.
  • Britton Texas - Banker Bobbit Family old photo
    Four generation of Bobbitts
    Above is a photo of four generations of Bobbitts taken in 1929 or 1930, probably in Britton. In the foreground my father's elder brother, Dick Bobbitt Jr, born in Britton in 1925, standing from left to right: Dick Bobbitt Sr., my great grandfather John William Bobbitt and great-great grandmother, who was known as "Granny Bobbitt" by all who knew her, who's name was Laura. - Sincerely yours, John William Bobbitt, Dallas, January 10, 2007

  • Britton, TX Bank Building
    Here are two pictures I took recently of the bank in Britton, TX. It doesn't look like it will be standing much longer without a lot of love and care. Most banks seem to be on a corner in a town, seeing this one standing alone is rather unique in my traveling experiences. I am glad I found this treasure. - Karen Webb, Burleson, TX, June 23, 2005

  • I found your web site and was enthralled by its candor in preserving history and to say the least, wanted to know more about our town that has been annexed by Mansfield.

    By chance I was made aware of someone coming from UT at Arlington photographing Britton's old bank building. My father, Amado Benavidez SR, owns the house and the old bank building. He has always wanted to fix the old building up to preserve history and do something for the community. My father is paralyzed on the left side and I am the only son left alive to help him. I am inviting you to our town to show you some historical building not accessible to the public or anyone until now. - Best Regards, Amado Benavidez Jr., February 28, 2004

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