in a Pecan Shell
The settlement is said to have been named
for a petticoat lost (and evidently found) at a local dance. The garment had been
recycled from an old coffee sack and had retained the stenciled name: Java
The area was first settled in the late 1840s and early 1850s by settlers
from Alabama and Tennessee, but as a community, Java didít expand until the 1890s,
when prison crews from the Texas State Penitentiary in Rusk
came to mine coal to fuel the state-owned iron furnace. A small trading post consisting
of a general store and sawmill grew up at the site, and a post office was opened
there in 1895.
In 1906, after the Texas State Railroad was constructed
the Java post office was closed. Within a short time most of the merchants and
residents had moved to the newly founded town of Maydelle,
on the railroad.
Java celebrated itís centennial as a ghost town in 2010.
County, Texas 1907 Postal Map showing Java
"H" in "CHEROKEE")
Texas General Land Office
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