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BROOKLYN, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Shelby County, East Texas

16 miles NE of Center
Near the Louisiana State Line
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

There is very little information available on Brooklyn, Texas. Lost to history is the reason for the name - although it was probably was named by a founding settler after a former home in New York.

Brooklyn had an operating post office from 1872 until 1883. A school was in operation as late as 1903. The only other bit of information on Brooklyn, Texas (for now) is that it was once the home of dancer/movie star Ann Miller's mother.

See Forum below for more information.

Old News :

Making Hay in Brooklyn

"I am writing a book on the yellow fever epidemics of 1853, 1867, and 1873 here in Shreveport. Here is a paragraph out of The Daily Shreveport Times edition of August, 22, 1873:

"Something New. Yesterday twenty-six bales of hay were received by Messrs. Stacy & Poland, shipped from Brooklyn, the first depot on the Texas and Pacific this side of Dallas. The circus men who have used it say that their horses prefer it to Western hay."

Stacy & Poland was a Shreveport mercantile. Two traveling circuses arrived in Shreveport in mid to late August, 1873, at the beginning of that year's epidemic." - Steve R. Smith, Shreveport, January 05, 2017

Brooklyn, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Post Master(s) of Brooklyn, Texas

    I found your online magazine, and felt I needed to share what I know.

    Through Ancestry.com I found a hand written document titled "U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832 - 1971"

    On the line for Brooklyn are two entries: "Wiett S Childress/11 Nov [18]72/James S. Haight/11 Jan [18]76" These would be their appointment dates, I believe.

    They have also located two "Register of Civil, Military, and Navel Service, 1863-1959"

    One for 1879, on page 345, Post Offices and Postmasters - Texas, we find the Post Office of Brooklyn, in Shelby County, with J.S. Haight as Postmaster, Compensation $3.93.

    The other is for 1881, Page 573, Post Office of Brooklyn, in Shelby County, with J.S. Haight as Postmaster, Compensation $2.69.

    James S. Height was my Great-great-grandfather. My mother was born in Shelby County, but moved to California with her family while in High School. One of her sisters still lives in Texas.

    Keep up the good work preserving Texas History. Little towns like Brooklyn show up in wills, death certificates, obituaries, and the like, and without sites like yours we would be lost looking for where things fit, geographically.

    Sincerely, Mark Dwayne Madsen, November 07, 2017


  • Subject: Brooklyn - ghost town

    No doubt it is a ghost town BUT the 1870 census and an 1880 map from GLO show the name as Brooklin - right on the river across from Logansport. Also the 1880 map shows property owned by H.L Brook - my relative. There is also Brookland Cemetery (near the Sabine R) - can be found through Find A Grave with numerous Brook relative interred there. I am looking for more information about the town and a ferry -- also called the Brooklin ferry on the 1880 map. - Pam Manley Stranahan, October 23, 2012


  • Subject: Brooklyn, Texas

    Dear Mr. Troesser, Iím pleased to see there is finally a web site that includes Brooklyn, Texas. I typed in the name of the town hoping to find some information about the local school. My grandparents, Charles Frederick Sachtleben b. October 21, 1880 and Alice Marie Jordan, b. Abt. 1883, were both born there according to my fatherís death certificate. ... . I plan to visit with their only surviving child, now age 90, to see if she can give me any information about the town. If she happens to have any photos, memorabilia of any kind, I will be happy to send you copies. ..... - Charli Stewart, January 31, 2002

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