in a Pecan ShellSettled
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 Baxter school, now the Baxter Community Center
Photo Courtesy Erik
drives in and around Athens |
( From Bob Bowman's East Texas
Sunday Drives )
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.
19 : North to Canton, or South
31 : East to Tyler,
or West to Corsicana via Malakoff,
Trinidad and Kerens.
Hotel Here > Athens
County 1920s Map showing Baxter East of Athens|
Texas General Land Office
|Book Hotel Here