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    Henderson County, East Texas
    Not on the map
    FM 804 and Highway 175
    5 miles SE of Athens

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Settled prior to the Civil War, Baxter later (1900) became a stop on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. A post office was open briefly (1901-1912) and the town gave every indication it would thrive.

    But like many towns it was cursed by its proximity to a county seat. By the end of WWII, only two businesses were in operation and the population was a mere 56. The former Baxter school became a community center and the population from 1950 to 2000 was a mere 20 persons.
    Former school, Baxter, Texas
    The former Baxter school, now the Baxter Community Center
    Photo Courtesy
    Erik Whetstone, 7-04
    Baxter, Texas
    Former residence of Baxter, Texas
    Photo Courtesy Erik Whetstone, 7-04
    Sunday drives in and around Athens
    ( From Bob Bowman's East Texas Sunday Drives )
    Athens: Where the hamburger was invented - Athens, New York, Texas Cheesecakes, LaRue, Brownsboro, Edom, Purtis Creek State Park, Eustace, Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Caney City, Malakoff and Cross Roads.

    Nearby Destinations
  • Hwy 19 : North to Canton, or South to Palestine.
  • Hwy 31 : East to Tyler, or West to Corsicana via Malakoff, Trinidad and Kerens.

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  • Henderson County TX 1920s Map
    Henderson County 1920s Map showing Baxter East of Athens
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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